State lawmakers seeking property tax relief with bill

Some Texas lawmakers are prioritizing taxpayer relief this legislative session, which began in January, but some local government officials are worried about what it could mean for their budgets. The main attempt to reform the property tax system this session comes from Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston. Bettencourt filed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act, on Nov. 29, 2016. It was given top priority by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “Property taxes are driving people out of their homes and hampering business expansion and growth. It’s time for this to stop,” Patrick said.

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