State Comptroller Susan Combs has accepted the Houston Independent School District’s contention that property assessments in the 301-square-mile district total $97.6 billion rather than the $110.7 billion estimated by the state.

HISD inspector general Bob Moore said the district was prepared to sue the state over what it considered an over-evaluation that would cost the district $3 million a year in state funding. The district said the state was relying on initial assessments rather than a lower, more realistic figure that accounted for property owners’ successful appeals.

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