Why I’m Running
The Oklahoma Constitution requires “Taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of subjects.” Sounds simple, but that standard is not being met. The failure of the Tulsa County Assessor, assessors statewide, and the Oklahoma Tax Commission to meet a standard required by law is one of the reasons I am running as a Republican candidate for Tulsa County Assessor.
1. Properties have not been re-assessed in over a decade
Other comparable properties may NOT HAVE BEEN REASSESSED IN DECADES. In Oklahoma, it does not matter if your taxes are double or triple your neighbors even though the Oklahoma Constitution says otherwise.
2. Properties are exempt that shouldn't be
While all of this is going on there are properties that are exempt from taxation that should not be exempt or should not have as large of an exemption as the assessor has granted. I can fix this.
3. I'm a Native Tulsan
Byron Burke is a lifelong member of the Tulsa community. He was an Edison High School and University of Oklahoma graduate and is an Air Force veteran. Byron raised his family and built his business with a strong dedication to improving the place he calls home. Along the way, his children, Taylor, Thomas, and Clare grew up and went to local schools Booker T. Washington and Metro Christian Academy. As his property tax consulting business grew he served clients from a diverse range of industries including Hobby Lobby, Love’s Convenience Stores, Reasors’, Ross Dress for Less, Kroger Grocery Stores, FedEx, and Wal-Mart. He has worked in all 50 states, observing the best and worst of the property tax systems. With his extensive knowledge and experience, his goal is to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all taxpayers. Currently, out-of-state corporations are taking advantage of the lax accountability of the assessor and the tax commission. This has devastating consequences on school funding. The system is broken and Byron Burke can fix it.
4. My Experience as a Tax Consultant
In my forty-plus years working as a property tax consultant I have witnessed property tax systems in all fifty states. There are systems that are structured to provide for uniform and fair assessments while providing local government with adequate funding. Oklahoma is giving bureaucrats windfalls based on today’s inflated property prices and excessive tax rates.
5. We can fix this
Together we can establish tax justice for all. First, as Tulsa County Assessor to establish uniform tax and, second to fight for correct property tax processes statewide.