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Kaufman County to crack down on erroneous property tax exemptions


David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.

The Kaufman County Appraisal District plans to purchase computer software to search the county's property tax roll for false exemptions.

The Kaufman Herald reported that the district's board of directors approved spending $50,000 to use the LexisNexis Risk Solutions program.

It will target such exemptions as property owners who claim homestead exemptions in more than one county and properties receiving exemptions filed by owners who died or relocated.

A test of the product involving 25,000 properties found 13 percent oif them to be questionable, according to district officials.

The company told local officials the program was used in Fort Bend County in Texas, and it identified $2.3 million in erroenous exemptions.

The $50,000 fee will be paid from a surplus in the 2015 budget.




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