Today, House Bill 2 was filed by Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows, which is the first step in the legislative process to accomplish meaningful reform of the property tax system in Texas. During a historic press conference this morning, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Property Tax Committee Chairman Paul Bettencourt, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows agreed property tax reform is a top priority of the state and identical companion bills have been filed in both chambers.
“The House and Senate have taken the first step to accomplish meaningful property tax reform by filing legislation that will increase transparency in the property tax system, empower property owners to take a more active role in rate setting, and slow the growth of property tax rates," said Speaker Bonnen. "I was honored to be there in support of Chairman Burrows and Chairman Bettencourt today, and I commend them for working in unison to file identical legislation. This collaboration is a testament of the House and Senate's unity behind this issue, and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to deliver upon our goal of accomplishing property tax reform this session."
House Bill 2 includes several key provisions that will increase transparency in the calculations of property tax rates, make the appraisal review board process more efficient for property taxpayers, and provide a platform for citizens to voice their position on significant property tax rate increases.
“I appreciate Chairman Burrows leadership and commitment to passing meaningful property tax reform. Across the state, Texans are being burdened with high property taxes and are in desperate need of relief. House Bill 2 is a step in the right direction towards adding transparency and understanding to the property tax process while enabling voters to have a say in any significant increase. This bill is the beginning to many discussions and debates that will take place over the next few months, and I look forward to both legislative bodies working together for the betterment of our great state,” said Caucus Policy Chair Scott Sanford.
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