Community Impact Newspaper: March 12, 2019
Property tax reform has been a top priority for Texas lawmakers from the start of the 86th legislative session. The early filing of identical, wide-reaching bills in the House and Senate in January—Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2—sparked debate on the topic
Tax Reduction Experts: February 24, 2019
Texas property taxpayers are entitled to notice when taxing units are increasing revenue based on either an increase in tax rates or assessed values. This summary gives an overview of the notice requirements and taxpayer rights if the taxing entities ignore them.
Policy Brief: February 20, 2019
Identical bills have been filed in the Texas House and Senate that seek to achieve
meaningful property tax reform. A major component of both introduced bills—
Senate Bill 2 (Bettencourt et. al) and House Bill 2 (Burrows)—is a lowering of the
rollback tax rate from 8 percent to 2.5 percent. This downward adjustment is highly
significant as the rollback rate was established in 1979 at 5 percent, increased in
1981 to 8 percent, and has not been modified since that time.
Texas Public Policy Foundation: February 19, 2019
The Texas Public Policy Foundation published the policy brief, The Rollback Rate: Legislative Intent & Inflation. “Local government budgets shouldn’t grow faster than the taxpayer’s ability to keep up with them,” said Mikael Garcia, director of Public Affairs at the TPPF. “That’s why the rollback rate was created in the…”
Houston Chronicle: January 17, 2019
Proposing a more transparent tax-cap method for Texas, says the time has come to change the state’s antiquated property-tax system.