Lege Mulls Property Tax Changes

Backbench wrangling continues in Austin over tax reform.

Property tax reform bills currently filed in the state House and Senate are meant to slow the increase of property tax rates.

State officials don't set local tax rates, so they can't offer cuts to property tax bills.

About half of all property tax bills are passed by school districts, so the legislature is promising to spend more on education this session to keep school boards from having to hike taxes.

Lawmakers are looking at ways to limit how much local governments like cities, counties and special districts can raise taxes without voter approval.

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