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Unfunded mandates cost Texans billions of dollars and drive up property tax bills. Property taxes aren’t a #txlege credit card. We need a constitutional amendment. #254Strong ow.ly/JcWbF
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Property taxes are being used like a no-limit credit card. ​

It’s no secret that the Texas Legislature has relied on property taxpayers to pay for more and more over the years, but it’s not just the responsibility for funding schools that they’ve pushed down to local property owners.

The Legislature regularly requires that counties enact expensive new policies and programs, known as unfunded mandates, expecting local property taxpayers to pick up the tab. For example, Texas property taxpayers paid more than $265 million for court-appointed criminal lawyers in 2017 with minimal reimbursement from the state, and it could cost millions more in 2018.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
 

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 TALKING POINTS

 
  • ​​Texas counties face billions of dollars-worth of unfunded mandates from both the state and federal governments. 
  • Unfunded mandates drive up property tax bills and increase the size and cost of county government.
  • Unfunded mandates remove accountability from government spending.

  • A constitutional amendment prohibiting state unfunded mandates would help protect property taxpayers and prevent financially disruptive circumstances that strain county operations.

  • Similar measures have successfully protected property taxpayers in many other states. ​
 

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