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Revenue Caps Legislation Scheduled for Hearing this Saturday, July 22

They’re back. Now known as SB 1, SB 93 and SB 96, these new revenue cap bills were filed in the Senate in the special session that began July 18. They would lower the revenue cap by cutting the rollback tax rate. Another bill, SB 18, would place limits on a local government’s annual expenditures. All of these bills are yet further attempts by the state legislature to exert more control over local budgets and micromanage counties.

The Senate Select Committee on Government Reform​ is scheduled to consider this legislation on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. in room E1.004 of the Capitol Extension. For those able to come to Austin, witness registration opens at 10 a.m. and will close at 2 p.m. for oral testimony. However, officials not wishing to provide oral testimony may register a position or provide written testimony at any point during the hearing. Public testimony will be limited to two minutes. Additional information about the hearing is available in this public notice.

As widely remarked in newspapers across the state, unlike addressing school finance issues, lowering city and county revenue caps will not reduce property taxes and will hurt local communities.

At the same time there are three bills this special session that could help lower property taxes and slow the growth rate of property taxes. HJR 34, HJR 31 and SJR 8 seek to require the Legislature to fund the mandates that they pass instead of using local property taxpayers as the Legislature’s no-limit credit card.

Please review this article which discusses the “Myths versus the Realities” of a lower revenue cap, and see the newspaper articles listed below for additional discussion on the problems with lowering revenue caps.    

Please contact the members of the Senate Select Committee on Government Reform and your legislators to voice your opinions on this legislation and what it means for your county.

Members Email Phone
Paul Bettencourt (Chair) (512) 463-0107

Brandon Creighton (512) 463-0104
Kelly Hancock (512) 463-0109
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (512) 463-0127
Charles Perry (512) 463-0128
Van Taylor (512) 463-0108
Carlos Uresti (512) 463-0119