Judge dismisses City of Austin lawsuit over property taxes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the City of Austin that challenged state tax laws and claimed that thousands of commercial properties had been undervalued.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday called the ruling a victory for taxpayers. His office had joined in opposition to what the Republican called an “unlawful effort” by Austin officials to grow tax revenues without input from lawmakers.

It was not clear whether the city will appeal state District Judge Tim Sulak’s decision to throw out the case.

City leaders in Austin have argued that the homeowners have taken on an increasing share of the tax burden while commercial properties enjoy a more favorable appraisal appeals process. Some observers called the challenge brought by the city unprecedented.

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