Texas House Republicans Pass Legislation to Increase Property Tax Transparency

Today, Texas House Republicans finalized and passed Senate Bill 2, also known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dustin Burrows. This legislation ensures governments spend responsibly and prioritize the needs of their communities without burdening their taxpayers.

The provisions of the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 empower taxpayers by bringing transparency to the tax rate setting process and giving taxpayers the tools and information they need to understand how a proposed tax rate will affect their property tax bill, enabling taxpayers to participate in the rate change process and allowing them to vote on property tax increases, and making the appraisal review board process fair, accountable, and transparent.

“Texas taxpayers are frustrated by rising property taxes. They are often confused about the process and many are scared of losing their homes. Senate Bill 2 sheds light on who is raising their taxes and by how much, it encourages Texas voters to get involved and engaged, and it gives our taxpayers more control over the process,” stated Chairman Dustin Burrows.

The top priorities for the Texas Legislature this session, this legislation works in tandem with House Bill 1 and House Bill 3 to reform school finance, provide property tax relief, and deliver property tax reform. While House Bills 1 and 3 improve the school finance system and provide property tax relief by buying down property taxes levied by school districts, Senate Bill 2 brings transparency to the property tax rate setting process and empowers taxpayers to have a say in the growth of property taxes moving forward.

The Texas House Republican Caucus is comprised of all Republican Members serving in the Texas House of Representatives. The purpose of the Caucus is to provide research, education, policy development and other support to the Caucus Members and their staff.

The Texas House Republican Caucus works to promote limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal liberty to continue cultivating economic growth for all Texans.