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Temporary Restraining Order and Petition filed today by Local Resident against The Jefferson County Tax Appraiser for secretly reclassifying home descriptions to raise more taxes.

As many as ten thousand Jefferson County homeowners had their homes taxed at significantly increased values this year by an unprecedented decision of the new Jefferson County Tax Appraiser to change the definition of 1 ½ story homes to 2 story homes. This decision was apparently not disclosed to the tax board and approved as a policy change, and was not communicated to local homeowners as the SOLE REASON that their taxes were significantly increased.

Jefferson County Tax Evidence Repository

PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO QUASH DEPOSITION

2015 Notice of Appraised Value: Jefferson County Tax District

Open Letter To The Taxpayers of Jefferson County And Members Of The Media

Cause No E-197,368 Henderson v. JCAD

Jefferson County Tax Press Room

Tax Appraisal Press Conference Postponement: Jefferson County Appraisal District Flip Flops Again and Will Concede Giving Depositions

Attorneys continue fight against higher home appraisals in Jefferson County

Class action suit filed against Jefferson Co. Appraisal District

Jefferson Co. Property Owner Fights Appraisals

 

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This information was revealed in a challenge to the new tax rate brought by one of the affected homeowners, Elaine Henderson, in a challenge brought before the appeals board. The new Chief Appraiser for the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD), Angela Bellard, acknowledged this was the primary basis of a sweeping change in how homes would be appraised in Jefferson County going forward, although she acknowledged that the County relied on an industry appraisal handbook which admonished to treat 1 ½ story homes separately from 2 story homes for all the obvious reasons. Full two story homes cost more to construct and have a higher resale value than a 1 ½ story home, which can be made with less material and labor costs. It is believed that hundreds of area residents have appealed their new rates, although it does not appear that any of them have been informed as to why they were raised in the first place. Requests for disclosure of those persons and others impacted has been requested of the County in a Public Information Request.

The Board recently rubber stamped the new policy at a tax appraisal contest brought by Ms. Henderson, which prompted her to file a Temporary Restraining Order and Petition today in Jefferson County District Court, seeking injunctive relief and reassessment on her property and for all others who were subjected to this same across the board decision which has created phantom increased value to properties.

“Raising the taxable value on my home of 16 years by making a unilateral decision to change the physical description is contrary to all accepted appraisal practices and guidelines and patently unfair. For the Board to turn the other cheek to the process to benefit from more tax revenue is wrong, and for the citizens like me who were impacted without ANY disclosure of the reasons for the arbitrary change in policy is a denial of fundamental due process. I don’t mind paying my fair share for taxes, but for the County to just suddenly ignore the rules, their own historical operating procedure, the Codes and all the handbooks and guidelines and just change my property description and others just to raise tax revenue is wrong, says Elaine!”

The board has set aside time for her lead attorneys, Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates, and Bailey Wingate of the Wingate Law Firm, to discuss these concerns in more detail this afternoon at the scheduled Board Meeting of the Jefferson County Appraisal District office at 4pm.

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November 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

Today a jury verdict was returned regarding a lawsuit filed against Woven Metal Products, Inc. on behalf of Jacob Matthew Cadriel, who was killed on the job by a co-worker, Steven Damien Young.  This tragic incident took place on April 1, 2015. On that date and on Woven Metal Products, Inc.’s workplace premises, co-worker Steven Damien Young reached into his waistband, pulled out a 38-caliber handgun and shot and killed Jacob.  Young was arrested and charged with murder, and is now serving a 45 year sentence.


Deepwater Horizon Film Puts Spotlight on Disaster

October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

The motion picture depicting the 2010 Gulf oil spill hits theaters nationwide this weekend.  So what, if anything, has changed since the Deepwater Horizon blast killed 11 oil rig workers?

Attorney Brent Coon represented one of the workers who escaped the rig; he hopes the film brings more attention to what really happened and how little regulation there is in the drilling industry still today.


Used cars with recalls being sold with 'no open recalls'

August 17, 2016, 8:49 am

Buying a used car instead of a new one almost always makes good economic sense, unless you end up in Ann Nogast's old 2011 Honda Pilot.

"Because it's going to be some innocent family that ends up the next possible fatality," Nogast said.


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Seven people were injured, including four critically, in an explosion at a Texas crude-oil plant, authorities said.


A Flood of Oil Spill Lawsuits Expected Against BP this Month

May 9, 2016, 9:02 am

Despite the $20 billion settlement BP PLC struck with the U.S. Department of Justice over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tens of thousands of lawsuits could hit the courts this month, adding to the oil company’s ballooning costs.


STATEMENT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY AND THE MEDIA

May 2, 2016, 6:22 pm

Those who have followed the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD) case and story for the last year should be already aware that we have spent the duration of that period attempting to collect information and data on what we believed was an unfair rescheduling of  1.5 level homes.


Wall Street Journal: BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill

April 27, 2016, 8:57 am

Six years after a deadly blowout sent a slick of oil floating along the Gulf Coast for months, BP PLC disclosed almost $1 billion in fresh charges that bring its total bill from the disaster to more than $56 billion and counting.


BCA Releases Video on 6 Year Anniversary of BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2016, 8:33 am

With the enormous number of BP Oil Spill victims still waiting for resolution of their claims, BCA is providing this status update as a “reality check” of where are we now. Brent Coon’s comments and the link to the 2 minute video are below.‎


Beaumont attorney talks class action lawsuit against appraisal district

April 19, 2016, 9:28 am

Beaumont attorney Brent Coon said it was appropriate for him to host a press conference at his law office on April 15, the traditional tax day.

Coon said the basis of the class action lawsuit is their client, Elaine Henderson, and those like her , 8,000 of them, who own a 1.5 story home and have had their home values arbitrarily increased across the county.


Attorneys file lawsuit against Jefferson County appraisal district

April 18, 2016, 9:19 am

A controversy about home values in Jefferson County and the way they're determined is spilling over into the legal system.



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