Power to the people

There are two bills being considered in our Texas legislature that would limit property tax increases that cities and counties can hit us with.

Currently a city or county can increase their property tax rate by 8% a year.  Anything over that subjects them to a roll back election.  The process is a difficult one for the citizens and is almost never successful.

One of the bills would limit the increase to 6%, the other to 4%.  Both would also automatically trigger a roll back election.  That would give the voters a chance to approve or disapprove.

Elected officials from across the state are actively trying to kill the bills.  Their position is essentially that they need the money for things that we must have.

Why not let the voters decide?

The answer is simple.

We deserve better


4 Responses to Power to the people

  1. Haiduc says:

    It is easier to RAISE Taxes than lower them…


  2. Rodney Fender says:

    Or pay no property taxes if you OWN your home and are 65 or older or disabled. You can find the form to do so at the EPCAD web site. It is Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Form 50-126. Under the Texas Tax Code Section 33.06 you can defer paying property taxes until after your death .if you are 65 or older or disabled. Your taxes will accrue along with an 8% per annum interest. It depends on your situation and the value of your house and how you long you plan to live.


  3. good governance oxymoron says:

    I would like to see a bill pass that would restrict issuance criteria and the uses of Certificates of Obligations. I think, at least in El Paso, that would go a long way to control waste and property tax levels.


  4. Old Fart says:

    That tax increase cap issue was not passed in the just completed special Texas legislative session.

    It would be nice if the legislature would conduct public hearings through out the state on this cap issue. If a hearing was held here in El Paso, and the public was allowed to attend and provide public comment, suspect local property taxpayers would be pretty damn vocal and in favor of a cap.


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