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Multi-State Retail ClientKEA has become an integral part of our team. They have provided clarity and comfort to our business with their wealth of knowledge and willingness to help. The peace of mind they provide our company is almost as valuable as the tax savings. We couldn’t do it without them.
Large National Convenience Store ChainI am continually pleased with the quality and service I receive from KE Andrews. They are very responsive, extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and have simplified my overall process. KE Andrews is a part of our team and they get 2 thumbs up from me!
Our company has engaged KE Andrews for at least the past 20 years to help minimize our property tax liability, in particular in the State of Texas. Over the past couple years or so, they have also filed and successfully obtained for us several substantial Texas severance tax refunds. All in all we have saved and recovered many millions of dollars as a direct result of their efforts.
Bobby S., MBAI’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the Severance Tax department over the last four years as a client of KE Andrews. In that time, their expertise in the area of severance tax has created significant current and long-term value for our company. As a client, I truly appreciate their professionalism and enthusiasm. They are highly determined to provide exceptional service to their clients and are dedicated to finding all possible tax savings opportunities. I highly recommend KE Andrews. They are experts in this field.
Multi-State Restaurant ChainKE Andrews is essential for our business. They are always responsive at every hour of the day and have helped us get serious dollars back for us year over year. Not only that, they have paid our bills in over 50 jurisdictions, removing the burden of processing every county individually and paying each bill. We love them!
At KE Andrews, we represent a multitude of clients that have multi-state asset portfolios. We provide expert industry representation at the state level when it comes to new legislation, and monitor the constant state and local legislative changes that affect your bottom line nationwide. Our property tax consultants are ready to serve you. We are more than just a tax firm. KE Andrews is a strategic partner.
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But with his vocal opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal to take away the ability of local governments to raise property taxes, Whitley is emerging as an alternative voice for Texas Republicans.
On Wednesday, during his annual State of the County address, Whitley called for the Fort Worth business community to embrace his fight. He asked members of the Fort Worth Chamber to call their elected representatives to say they want local elected officials — not state leaders — to determine tax rates.
“For the last 10 years, there has been an effort to take local decision-making out of the hands of local officials, and I don’t think that’s right,” Whitley told attendees at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth hotel. “The Legislature has tried to take a broad brush and paint every city, county and independent school district with that broad brush, and we just don’t fit that way.”
Abbott has said that, when the state Legislature convenes early next year, he will propose limiting local governments’ ability to raise property tax rates by more than 2.5 percent in a given year. Conservative groups such as Empower Texans are likely to pressure lawmakers to support that proposal.
Now in his 12th year as county judge, Whitley, a Republican, is increasingly becoming an advocate of overhauling government funding of health care and education.
He urged Tarrant County voters to approve an $800 million bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would make it possible for the JPS Health Network, which is the brand name of the county’s hospital district, to expand its mental health, surgical and other services.
The hospital district, which would match the bond revenue with $300 million to $400 million in cash reserves, would build some of the new facilities near its existing campus south of downtown, but also would build several new neighborhood clinics.........Read full article by Gordon Dickson here
Incumbent Republican Buck Jennings faces Democrat challenger Cory Chase in November.
Jennings, of Thornton, a contractor by trade, volunteers in his spare time with the volunteer fire department, the ambulance squad and as a paramedic.
“One of the reasons that I wanted to run for office is because we’re losing that volunteerism that we used to have,” he said. He wants to help revive that spirit.
The public schools are the foundation for a strong state and economy, he said, and unfortunately, recent statistics show that only 26 percent of fourth graders read at the fourth-grade level. Teachers need to be able to make their own decisions.
To get more money into the state budget, he said, we need to grow the economy and grow personal incomes. He would rather see production of our resources — wood and natural gas for example — here as finished products instead of exporting raw materials and buying them back as furniture and plastics.....Read entire article by David Beard here
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the 1st Annual KE Andrews school supply drive benefiting our adopted school, located in Rockwall ISD. The teachers were thrilled!
As many of you know, our school is a Title 1 school, which is a designation based on the number of low-income students who are considered at-risk for school achievement, and as such, many students flow in an out throughout the year. According to the Principal, last year over 70 students started school after Sept. 1, and NOT ONE had school supplies.
This year with your help, KE Andrews stocked the Teacher School Supply Closet so that all teachers could pull what they need for all students, without spending their own money to do so. Most of the journals have been handed out to students already!
Your generosity has given a child a sense of well being and confidence, ready to start their new school year prepared for success! THANK YOU!
The West Virginia oil and natural gas industry has been identified by some as a source to fund annual cost increases of $50 million for the Public Employees Insurance Agency.
In a recent commentary, Jay O’Neal, treasurer of the Kanawha County chapter of the West Virginia Education Association, wrote “there is plenty of money available to PEIA without hurting working West Virginians. It’s just a matter of priorities.”
Mr. O’Neal advocates an increase in the natural gas severance tax as a source to fund PEIA, as he believes revenue from the resource will continue to increase. Contrary to Mr. O’Neal’s statement, an increase in the natural gas severance tax would be certain to hurt working West Virginians, as well as the state itself.
Mr. O’Neal’s theory is easy to understand. Tax one of the fastest-growing and successful industries in the state because they won’t feel it, right? Wrong. In fact, taxing the resource that could be an economic game changer for the state of West Virginia is a surefire way to shoot us all in the foot.
West Virginia sits on top of the Marcellus and Utica shales, two of the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world. We have exponentially increased natural gas production in this state over the past decade due to the advances in technology that allow us to reach vast reserves in these two shales.
However, West Virginia is not the only state on top of these shale plays. Pennsylvania and Ohio are, too, and they are drilling and producing more than we are, due to the industry-friendly climate in those states. In fact, Pennsylvania produced more than three times the amount of gas as West Virginia last year, with Ohio not too far behind them. Only recently did West Virginia pass mineral efficiency legislation, while our surrounding states have had such laws in place for years. Read full article by Anne Blankenship here...
But while Lamont maintains it’s the only realistic plan, it remains unclear whether the state could deliver this tax cut — while facing multi-billion-dollar deficits — and sustain it in an age of surging pension costs.
“Decades of fiscal mismanagement mean we can’t afford pie-in-the-sky promises, so I’m proposing a smart, achievable commitment to responsibly give middle class families the tax relief they deserve,” Lamont wrote this week in a campaign white paper on his tax relief plan.
Hoping to reverse nearly a decade of erosion to Connecticut’s chief income tax credit for low- and middle-income families, Lamont pledged to:
- Increase the property tax credit within the state income tax from $200 to $300, starting with his second year in office.
- Implement an existing state law that allows households without dependents to again receive the credit starting in the 2019 tax year. [The 2017 legislature suspended eligibility for this group for two years to help balance the budget.]
- Create a new “targeted relief” credit that provides a supplemental credit for households that dedicate 6.5 percent or more of their income toward property taxes. The average credit would be just under $700, though some households could receive as much as $1,200. This would start during the third year of the next gubernatorial term......read entire article by Keith M. Phaneuf here