Tornado Victims to Get Property Tax Break

At its Tuesday meeting, the Dallas County Commissioner’s court voted to allow the Dallas Central Appraisal District to reappraise any homes or businesses hit by the Oct. 20 tornado and adjust tax bills as necessary.

Property owners won’t need to do anything — the process will be automatic and free of charge, and they’ll either get a refund (if they’ve already paid their tax bill) or a new amended bill. They can also still choose to protest even that adjusted assessment if they want to argue for more relief.

However, this only applies to taxes from Dallas County. Other taxing bodies haven’t yet weighed in, with the exception of the city of Dallas, where council members voted Wednesday to also allow for new appraisals.

Allstate Employees Donate Supplies, Funds

Joining the outpouring of support from local businesses, more than 2,000 DFW-area Allstate employees and agency owners came together last week to collect much-needed school supplies to support Dallas ISD schools that were damaged in the Oct. 20 tornadoes.

Employees donated supplies at the Allstate campuses in Irving and Coppell, and DFW agency owners invited Allstate customers to donate supplies at their agencies.

“The school supply drive was a great opportunity for Allstate employees and agency owners to come together and support our community in a time of need,” said Adan Alvarez, Allstate employee and Thomas Jefferson High School alumnus. “Giving back is part of our culture at Allstate, and I’m proud to work for a company that makes a difference in our communities. As a proud TJHS alumnus, this hits close to home for me. Seeing the tornado damage was absolutely devastating, but I was encouraged to see my colleagues give so generously.”

In addition, The Allstate Foundation announced it would award a $40,000 grant to Dallas ISD to further support the recovery process for affected schools.

Michaels Stores Raise Funds for Three Dallas ISD Schools

Michaels craft stores raised and donated a total of $30,000 to assist Walnut Hill Elementary, Cary Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School teachers in replacing supplies and classroom materials.

All three schools received the most damage during the Oct. 20 EF-3 tornado that hit North Dallas, and students and teachers were forced to move to new schools.

Each school received a $10,000 check during a presentation last week.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at

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