August 12, 2017      8:19 PM
Updated: With 6 percent rollback rate intact, Texas House tentatively passes SB 1
34 Republicans stick with Chair Bonnen who said he needed to keep the rollback rate at 6%, honoring his commitments
House on Saturday soundly rejected an attempt to change the proposed
rollback rate in Senate Bill 1 from 6 percent down to the 4 percent preferred by
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in his
decades-long crusade against local governments. It’s been one of the central
themes of Patrick’s career since his days as a radio talk show host in Houston.
preserving the proposed 6 percent rollback rate and rejecting more than 20
other amendments, the House tentatively approved the measure on a vote of 98 to
1 would require cities, counties and special districts to get voter approval
for tax hikes above a certain level. Senate leadership wants a 4 percent
rollback rate while the House has insisted on setting that rollback rate at 6
percent. Of course, right now voters can petition local governments to force a
rollback rate election for an increase above 8 percent.
opening the debate with Democrats who peppered him with questions, House
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dennis
Bonnen, R-Angleton, told members from the front mic that they would be foolish
to go back to their home districts and try to convince voters that this
proposal would cut their property taxes. He said the “bill is not perfect” but “Senate
Bill 1 is the product of us all working together” to tackle a tough issue.
By Scott Braddock