Property Taxes

Lower revenue caps are a one-size-fits-all approach based on the faulty assumption that the need for services is steady from year to year. Local revenue needs often spike above or below proposed revenue limits.


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Cutting your property taxes in half and other Texas dreams during the 87th Legislature

WFFA Dallas, January 13, 2021

“Property taxes have gotten way out of control,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said. “We’re the 13th highest right now in property taxes when you compare us to the other 50 states. And that’s just got to change. We’ve got to cut it. Not just reduce the growth, but we’ve got to find a way to cut it.”

Primo jousts with Stoudt, commissioners over Gregg County tax rate, reserve funds

Longview News-Journal, August 5, 2019

Sparks flew Monday as Gregg County commissioners set two public hearings for the coming fiscal year's tax rate. Those will be Aug. 15 and 19 in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse...

Fannin County Commissioners Court accepts proposed budget

North Texas e-News, July 31, 2019

In a special meeting and workshop held Monday, July 29, 2019, Fannin County Commissioners Court accepted a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year with the same tax rate as the past two years while also including a significant raise for most employees...

New tax law crimps county

OA Online, July 30, 2019

Passed by the Texas Legislature in Austin, signed by Gov. Abbott and scheduled to take effect next year, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act will apparently force the Ector County Commissioners Court to lower its 39.7-cent per $100 in...

City of Austin, Travis County prepare for property tax revenue cap

Community Impact, July 23, 2019

In June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that will limit local governments from raising their property tax revenue more than 3.5% year-over-year—excluding new construction and debt obligations—without triggering an election...

This is how Texas lawmakers avoided true property tax reform and instead gave us fluff and stuff

Dallas News, July 5, 2019

Here it is, weeks after the Texas Legislature shut down for the next year and a half, and I can't get these numbers out of my mind. They aren't my lottery picks. These numbers belong to House bills that, if passed, would have gone a long way towards fixing...