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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 50-page SB 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

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