Texas Officials Estimate Higher Property Values

Texas officials estimate higher property values

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    The Texas comptroller's office has estimated higher statewide property values in a sign of a stronger economy.

    The agency says statewide property values rose 1.3 percent last year, to reach $1.69 trillion. That compares to property values of $1.67 trillion in 2010.

    The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Texas in 2010 suffered the first decline in statewide property values in 17 years.

    State budget writers had anticipated another 1 percent decrease in 2011.  School funding is based on local property taxes and state dollars.

    Consultant Joe Wisnoski with Moak Casey & Associates says the difference could save Texas as much as $400 million by reducing its obligation to school districts.