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Texas Property Tax Updates

Updated december 2018

Texas Legislature to Meet in 2019

The Texas Legislature will convene on January 8th, 2019 for its biennial, 180 day regular session. As in years past, there will be hundreds of property tax bills introduced.  The Leadership has stated that changes to public school finance and property tax reform will be leading issues this session.

Schools are funded through local school property taxes and from state funding. The state’s share of funding has steadily decreased in past years. In addition, so called wealthy school districts must send some locally raised property taxes to the state for redistribution to poorer districts. This has led to significant calls for change.

There also has been much discussion of the ever increasing property tax burden. Texas, of course, is one of the few states that does not have a state income tax.  Last session the Senate passed a bill limiting taxing unit revenue increases to 4% over last year without voter approval. The House passed a 6% bill. They could not agree. The Governor has proposed a 2 1/2% limit.

As in past session, there will be bills proposing appraisal caps, changing the equal and uniform remedy and fixing the so called dark store issue. And as in the past, taxpayer advocates will oppose these bills. Sine die.

Greg Hart
Popp Hutcheson, PLLC
American Property Tax Counsel (APTC)

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