Three airport company owners expressed concern about potential job losses, conflicts of interest and the risk of excessive tax burdens, prompting directors of the Uvalde County Assessment District to suspend contracts with Aviation Capital Partners, which deals with aircraft taxes. Specializing in recovery.
“Why don’t you trust your taxpayer to make his assets available and label them appropriately?” Mark Huffstler, owner of Lancair International, asked directors Aug. 16.
Huffstler said about 400 jobs are generated by airport companies.
“I do that every year. I make all my business assets available.”
He said he gets annual tax returns “which I now have to defend. I am guilty until proven innocent. Bringing a mercenary like this group here will only make us go higher.”
Neil Butura, the company’s vice president, said Aviation Capital Partners, which operates as a specialist tax collection firm, through multiple databases and other research, identifies assets that are not on the county’s tax list that their goal is to improve values. Don’t increase.
The company charges no more than $555 per $100,000 in market value.
Butura said he became aware of the Uvalde region caused by the May 24 tragedy and turned to Chief Assessor Roberto Valdez for his services. The company offered to waive its dues for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
“They only identify the planes that are evading taxes in Uvalde,” Valdez said.
UCAD assessor Jesus Flores said he often assesses equipment at airports, but it’s a learning curve.
“It’s a huge conflict of interest,” said Henry Moses, owner of Moses Aviation. He was in a meeting with his wife and business partner, Annie Moses.
Holden Reddick, owner of Southstar Aircraft Interiors, also attended the meeting.
“They are encouraged to increase the value as much as possible because the more they increase it, the more money they make,” Henry said. “I don’t mind working hard and paying taxes. But I don’t mind working hard and having a company come here to make money off our backs … and work as hard as we do, the more money you make.”
Annie said they reached out to several airport companies and they all had similar views.
Annie continued, “When taxes become utterly useless and overly burdensome, then as business owners out there…the first thing we need to do is raise our tax rates.”
She said she was also concerned about the company’s ability to accurately understand the values of each of the multidisciplinary companies at the airport. He is also concerned about the protest process as the company is not based here.
“Consider the impact of that, or basically what I would call the outcome. Aviation is a very volatile business,” she said. “It takes an event like 9/11 and everything through the floor. goes, values go to nothing, nobody flies, and everything is parked. And so my question would be – right now as a country we’re officially in recession and we’re probably going through a recession… So when you get into 2022 and do that, this valuation, and in 2023, things tank what have we recourse?”
When the contract was voted on, UCAD board chairman Javier Flores recommended that the matter be postponed for the time being.
“I think we give our business colleagues more than three minutes to discuss this with the chief assessor,” Flores said.
He said there are many questions about this company and the contract, adding that the board needs to talk to attorneys and the school district.
The motion was passed unanimously.