Texas Property Tax Reform Facts

Senate Bill 2: The Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2017
Authored by Sen. Paul Bettencort
Co-authored by Sens. Brandon Creighton, Kelly Hancock, and Van Taylor

  • Requires automatic tax ratification elections if a city, county or special district exceeds the rollback rate
  • Standardizes tax ratification elections across the state by requiring them to be held on general election dates

  • Creating a Property Tax Administration Advisory Board in the Comptroller’s office to oversee the entire property tax process
  • Requires all appraisal districts to use the appraisal manuals issued by the Texas Comptroller, which will result in more transparent, accountable and consistent appraisals statewide
  • Ensures local public tax hearings are held at convenient times for citizens

  • Lowers the rollback tax rate from the current 8% to 4%

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Tremendous victory tonight for Pete Flores who will become the 21st member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus! This gives the Republicans in the Texas Senate a 2/3rds supermajority.

This victory shows the unified support from Texas Republicans all the way from US Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, all 20 Texas Senate Republican Caucus members and many others. Despite what some pundits might say Republicans can win in 2018!

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) added: "With no straight ticket voting in 2020 I predict that Pete Flores can hold this seat in 2020."

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September 18, 2018  ·  

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