Paul In The News

"The Taxman" Speaks About Property Taxes
Catch "The Taxman" and the other Amigos
Friday evenings from 4pm -6pm on KSEV 700 AM



February 25: Texas Senate tax break plan comes in at $4.7B in cuts
The Dallas Morning News, Politics, Robert T. Garrett
"Bettencourt and Patrick said the proposal would help hedge against appraisal creep."


February 24: Texas Senate Budget Chiefs Promise $4.6B in Tax Cuts
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Washington Times, AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera


February 18: Taxing Concern
Tuesday, February 18, 2015
Houston Chronicle, Opinion, Editorials
"Rookie state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, had hardly settled into his new office before he offered legislation that does indeed promise tax relief..."


February 11: GOP senators pitch higher school property tax exemption
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Dallas Morning News, Trail Blazers Blog, Terrence Stutz
"Senator Bettencourt, R-Houston, author of the measure, said the proposal would save home owners in Texas an average $200 a year on their property taxes and provide immediate relief on rising tax bills at a reasonable cost to the state."


February 10: Houston Lawmaker Touts Proposal to Cut Property Taxes
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express, Texas Politics, Peggy Fikac
"Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, is proposing to double the school property tax homestead exemption..."


November 5: With New in Texas Government, What'll Happen to Property Taxes?
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Action 13, Jeff Ehling
"Now that the election is over, a pair of property tax reformers are now in charge of the Texas Senate. So what will happen to rising property tax bills and how much will it save you?"


June 2: Tax Protests Flood in as Deadline Looms
Monday, June 2, 2014
KHOU 11 News, Doug Miller
The Bettencourt Team talks about protesting property taxes.


May 15: Despite Strong Economy, Budget Troubles Loom for Houston
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Houston Chronicle, Mike Morris, City Hall Reporter
"Appraised values are going through the roof. Homeowners and businesses are both getting plastered."


May 8: Appraisal district, others bracing for record property valuation protests
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Memorial Examiner Rusty Graham
It's a must year to protest your taxes!!!


April 30: Former Tax Assessor-Collector Explains Why to File a Homestead Exemption
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Fox 26 Morning News Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson
Filing a Homestead Exemption reduces your property taxes.

Mar. 31: Get Ready for Sticker Shock on Your Property Values
Monday, March 31, 2014
Action 13, Jeff Ehling
"...lowering market values is critical to keeping future tax hikes in check."


Jan. 28: Paul Bettencourt Says If He's Elected to the State Senate He's Going After the Mayor's Audit Policy!
Wednesday, January 28, 2014
Fox 26 Isiah Carey, The Isiah Factor
"There is simply no fact, or supposition of fact, that any audit letter, paid for by public tax dollars, should not be made public immediately, as transparent good government demands."


Jan. 15: With January 31 deadline approaching, some Harris County property owners still waiting for tax bill
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Channel 13 Katie McCall
If someone has a late tax bill, look at the date it was mailed to determine when to pay by.
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Aug. 18: How much tax will you pay to help early childhood education?
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Channel 2 Newsmakers Khambrel Marshall
Paul fighting against a very unorthodox tax proposal to fund parent support and teacher training for early childhood education by a third party not-for-profit organization created in 2013 without any oversight of how your tax dollars are spent.
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HISD Meets to Discuss New Budget Proposal
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Channel 13 Elissa Rivera
If approved in October, homeowners in HISD will see a property tax rate increase
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May 31 the Filing Deadline to Protest Property Taxes
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Fox 26 Your Money with Mike Iscovitz
Paul Bettencourt and Bob Martin discuss the Property Tax Deadline
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Paul Bettencourt discusses Local Property, State, and Federal Taxes on Red, White, and Blue
Friday, April 19th on PBS, Channel 8
Show not posted yet.

Houston's Property Values on the Rise
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Action 13
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Bettencourt Raises Warning about Tax Rate Increases on Top of Major Property Value Increases
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Good time to protest your home's value
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Channel 13 - Consumer News
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Should you protest your property taxes?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Channel 13 - Consumer News
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Money Matters "Tax Time Questions"
Tuesday April 10, 2012
Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan -
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Vietface - Paul Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Vietnamese America
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ITV Southern Chinese Broadcast
Watch the DVD of this broadcast on Channel 55.5




"The Taxman" on Red White and Blue

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: "Texas 2012...Is It the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?"
Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) and David Jones interview Cal Jillson, SMU Professor of Political Science, author of "Lone Star Tarnished" and Chuck DeVore, Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on long term issues like transportation, water, education, etc. in the State of Texas.
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RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: "UnprecedentedPower: Jesse Jones, Capitalism and the Common Good"
Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) and David Jones interview Steven Fenberg, Community Affairs Officer of Houston Endowment, author of "UnprecedentedPower: Jesse Jones, Capitalism and the Common Good".
Paul says this book is a "must read" about Jesse Jones , Houston, and National Politics during World War II. Hats off to Steven Fenberg for a well written biography of one of the giants in Houston's history.
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RED WHITE AND BLUE: "Bill White, Candidate for Texas Governor"
Hosts David Jones and Paul Bettencourt talk with candidate for Texas Governor, Bill White
January 08, 2010
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Hosts David Jones and Paul Bettencourt have more to discuss after the show
January 08, 2010
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"Freedom Now" on RED WHITE AND BLUE
David Jones and Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) talk with Houston's own legendary civil rights and community leader Reverend William A. Lawson, the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and the official spokesperson for the "Freedom Now" Project; and Dr. D. Z. Cofield, pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church and President of the NAACP Houston Branch.
Friday, April 22, 2011
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"The Taxman" Speaks Out For the Taxpayer

Paul Bettencourt Discusses Texas Redistricting
December 07, 2011
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KTRH Talks Redistricting.wmv
KTRH's Morning News with Matt Patrick talks redistricting with Former Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt and Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart (includes maps)
February 15, 2012
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Amegy Bank Immigration Debate
Amegy Bank sponsored this important discussion on Illegal Immigration and Border Security. Paul Bettencourt acted as moderator as Norman Adams, Michael Berry, Charles Foster and Joan Neuhaus Schaan engage in a lively and informative debate. Over 800 business and community leaders watched as the debate unfolded. Special thanks to Amegy Bank, KHOU-CBS 11's Shern-Min Chow and Univision Houston's Rebecca Suarez for their participation.
February 10, 2012
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Paul Bettencourt Opening Statement
Paul Bettencourt's opening remarks in a debate about Houston Proposition 1. Mr. Bettencourt is opposed to the proposition.
October 14, 2010
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Paul Bettencourt Testifies Against Proposition 1 Houston-Part 1
Paul Bettencourt testifies to the Houston City Council about Proposition 1.
September 16, 2010
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Protest Rally at Houston National Cemetery
Former Harris County Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt speaks on behalf of the thousands of veterans and American citizens about the need for the VA to fire the cemetery director, Arleen Ocasio.
July 4, 2010
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Tiny Turnout Expected
HOUSTON - With Fall 2011 balloting just a matter of hours away, the only positive to report is there won't be much wear-and-tear on the election machines.
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Port of Houston terminal empty years later
The Bayport Cruise Terminal cost a whopping $106 million of your money, but is it cash that just went down the drain?
May 3, 2011
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