COVERING THEIR ASSETS: Local Officials Bash Property Tax Relief

The municipal smokescreen is the desperation of “local control.” Or, as Sen. Donna Campbell put it, local tyranny.

COVERING THEIR ASSETS: Local Officials Bash Property Tax Relief

WORKING OVERTIME: A daylong Senate Finance Committee hearing was dominated by local officials determined to kill property tax reform in Texas.

We Say: Every year we get an assessment of taxes owed to cover the cost of city and county government, schools, aquifer, parks, transportation, and…and…(it’s a pretty long list).

Since you’re a wealthy Texas landowner you can afford to pay, right? Oh, and by  the way, that plantation mansion you’re living in is worth a lot more this year than last. Did you paint? Add that patio cover you’ve been planning for over a decade? Oops, those ‘improvements’ are gonna cost you.

Aren’t you a little weary of being considered a well of money that never runs dry?

Senator Paul Bettencourt says we can cut the property tax from 8% to 4%. Not according to SAPD Chief Wm. McManus and a string of other local ‘leaders.’ “The death of public safety”? Come on, Chief, really?


Republished from Watchdog.org, by Kenric Ward, March 15, 2017. Image credit: image not covered by license. Contributor Donald Krebs


WORKING OVERTIME: A daylong Senate Finance Committee hearing was dominated by local officials determined to kill property tax reform in Texas.

If tweets were votes, property tax relief would be dead at the Texas Legislature and Texans would be saddled with even bigger bills.

LOCAL CONTROL:  City and county officials are telling state lawmakers to “stay in your lane.”

City and county officials paraded before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday to bash Senate Bill 2 like a sad piñata. Reducing increases in property tax revenues to 4 percent annually spells fiscal disaster, they warned.

Online, special-interest groups filled the Twittersphere with sob stories, scary scenarios and misdirection plays: 

  • SAPD William McManus: “…caps a death blow to public safety.”

    “The cost of recording open meetings is up 199.7 percent since 2011” – Texas Association of Counties.

  • “SAPD Chief [William] McManus says any legislation that caps a city’s revenue will be a death blow to public safety” – Texas Municipal League.
  • “Fix school finance first” – multiple tweets.

Local officials had all day — at taxpayer expense, of course — to spend in the committee hearing that dragged into the night. Beleaguered citizens who work for a living were vastly outnumbered by their “public servants,” in person and on Twitter.

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Kenric Ward writes for the Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org. Contact him at kward@watchdog.org and @Kenricward


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Kenric Ward
Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared at Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, TownHall, Roll Call, and Human Events. An editor and reporter at three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, Ward was Virginia bureau chief for Watchdog.org before relocating to Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

One Response to "COVERING THEIR ASSETS: Local Officials Bash Property Tax Relief"

  1. James Deslatte  March 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

    So what is his excuse for SA having the largest increase in violet crime in the country in 2016, just the thought of cutting property taxes?

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