Gov. Abbott's Emergency Tax Relief Legislation Pushing Through State Capitol

Chris Fox
March 29, 2019 - 11:33 am
Texas Capitol Building

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Early Thursday morning the Texas House Ways and Means committee favorably passed Governor Abbott’s signature tax relief legislation on to the full House for a vote.

State Representative Dustin Burrows’ bill, House Bill 2 (HB2) would require cities and counties to get voter approval if they plan to increase property tax revenue more than 2.5-percent. “This bill increases property tax transparency, engages taxpayers through the process and empowers voters with more control over future property tax increases.”

The amended version of HB 2 now has exemptions included. Burrows explained, “HB2 allows junior colleges, emergency service districts, hospital districts and taxing units with a rate of .025 or less to use a higher 8-percent rollback rate instead of the 2.5-percent.”

The 2.5-percent property tax revenue growth election trigger is expected to be a point of debate in both the State House and Senate. This was the same sticking point that killed property tax relief legislation last session.

Governor Abbott listed property tax reform as one of his emergency items in his State of the State address. “We can no longer sit idly by while property tax owners are being reduced to tenants of their own property.”

Similar legislation has yet to be rolled out in the Texas Senate. HB2 is now headed to the full House for a vote.