November 29, 2016      6:54 PM
Texas Senate rolls out details of new push for property tax caps
“People are crying out for relief,” said Sen. Bettencourt, who pegged relief under his proposal at $30 to $200 per year for average homeowners; cities fire back that lawmakers should be looking at school finance first
The Texas Senate is taking its strongest
run yet at revenue caps next session, putting it at the top of the legislative
agenda with a bill co-sponsored by key Senate Republican.
Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick couldn’t signal any more strongly he intends to make property tax
relief a key goal of next session. The only bill with a higher number in the
Senate will be the budget, which will start in the upper chamber when the
legislature reconvenes in January.
Former appraisal district leader Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, unveiled a
2 this afternoon, complete with its own interim
committee report When property values go up in Texas, tax rates ought to go
down, Bettencourt told reporters.
By Kimberly Reeves