Texas Senate Republicans Pass Property Tax Relief

March 21, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 2, authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 18-12 today. The bill reduces the rollback tax rate from the current 8% to 5% and requires automatic tax ratification elections if the rollback rate is exceeded, thus placing the power back into the hands of the voter. The bill also requires all appraisal districts to use the appraisal manuals issued by the Texas Comptroller, resulting in more transparent, accountable and consistent appraisals statewide.

“Texas taxpayers know the truth: property taxes are too high,” said Senate Republican Caucus Chair Sen. Paul Bettencourt. “After listening to 50 hours of testimony last year, and hundreds of Texans during last week’s hearing, we have crafted legislation that returns power and control to voters, creates transparency, and reduces the risk of big rate increases.”

“Texas has the 5th highest property tax rate in the country. We must provide property tax relief for homeowners who cannot keep up with their increasing property tax bills, small businesses seeing their hard earned profits disappear, and large businesses moving jobs out of Texas,” Bettencourt added.

From 2010 to 2015, property tax bills grew 2⅓ times faster than that of household income. Calculated by the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association, the rise in property tax bills is estimated at 33.7 percent over five years on the average home.

“Our homes are special places where we make a lifetime of memories – not just another asset for the government to tax. On no other issue have I seen such a divide between the will of the people and government interests, exposing a system where government grows on autopilot without a mechanism for the people to check its power. Such a system, which seeks to silence the people, belittles the principles of our Republic and cries out for reform,” stated co-author and Senate Republican Caucus Treasurer Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano).

“Property taxes are astronomical and taxpayers desperately need relief,” said Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), co-author and Senate Republican Caucus Vice Chair. “This problem of rising property taxes is an issue we take very seriously. After listening to Texans from across the state, I am pleased we could help deliver an answer.”

Senate Bill 2, one of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s priority items, will now go the Texas House of Representatives.


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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here:
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here:

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

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