A bill aimed at sweeping property tax reform and relief was introduced in Austin Tuesday to a packed hearing room with many testifying both for and against.
Some said the bill would take control away from local authorities who know what funds are needed, and others say it may actually help by increasing accountability of appraisal district officials.
According to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in fiscal year 2015 more than 4,100 local governments levied more than $52 billion in property taxes, which translates to about $8,000 a year for a family of four. From 2000-15, property tax bills grew by 132-percent statewide, while population and inflation increased by just 82-percent.
Nueces County Commissioner John Marez was in Austin Tuesday to testify against the bill, saying it would take away local control of property taxes.