On Monday we checked in with our Representative for District 18 in Austin, Ernest Bailes. He passed along some of the action underway in the Texas Legislature . . . .
The Texas Senate passed a bill Monday to reduce the growth of property tax bills by lowering the amount cities, counties and schools can raise taxes without voter approval.
Senate Bill 2 will lower the rate cities, counties and other special district taxing entities can raise property tax rates without voter approval from 8 percent to 3.5 percent. It lowers the rate for school districts to 2.5 percent.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.