Lawmakers Want Property Tax Cut That Folks Notice
      by Aman Batheja
Nine years ago, Texas lawmakers cut school property taxes across the state. "This is a tax cut Texans can take to the bank and count on in the years to come," Gov. Rick Perry boasted as he signed the bill in Houston in 2006.
But Perry, and every member of the Texas Legislature, soon found that homeowners didn’t see it that way. The bill saved taxpayers $14.2 billion over two years, but many still watched their property tax bills go up due to rising values and higher local tax rates.

This year, Republican leaders hope to pass property tax relief that taxpayers will actually feel, even as the package being proposed is a fraction of that passed in 2006.


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