Property owners in Texas were hoping the 2017 legislature would do something about property taxes, but they didn't come through.
Governor Abbott is still on the case. See Abbott wants to limit local jurisdictions' ability to raise Texans' taxes.
Here in Midland, Texas, the city council hikes taxes every year. It seems inevitable. And t citizens' complaints at the council meetings are usually accepted politely. But the citizens are usually wasting their time.
So it's nice to hear that the governor listens.
The above mentioned dallasnews.com article links to this document purporting to be Governor Abbott's plan: Titled Texans for Greg Abbott 2018 Property Tax Reform Rollout. Here are the bullet points:
- Cap property tax revenue growth at 2.5% per year;
- Prohibit legislated unfunded mandates;
- Require appraisal district directors to be locally elected;
- Improve property owners' rights to protest;
- Improve property tax transparency;
- Improve transparency and use of local debt; and
- Require 2/3 vote to issue new local debt.
Let's hope the next legislative session will deliver.
2:42 PM 1/19/2018