AUSTIN, TX – State Senator Van Taylor chartered a bus for constituents wishing to submit testimony in yesterday's committee hearing for S.B. 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017. During the interim, the Property Tax Reform and Relief Committee went directly to the people and held public hearings in Austin, San Antonio, The Valley, Lubbock, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and at Senator Taylor’s request concluded in Collin County. Through nearly fifty hours of testimony, approximately 2,150 citizens packed auditoriums across the state expressing mainly grief and frustration at the skyrocketing property tax burden.
“I am thankful for everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to travel to Austin and make their voice heard in support of property tax reform,” stated Taylor. “On no other issue have I seen such a divide between the will of the people and government interests, exposing a system where government grows on autopilot without a mechanism for the people to check its power. Such a system, which seeks to silence the people, belittles the principles of our Republic and cries out for reform.”
Taylor continued, “I sponsored this bus for constituents because big-government interests and their team of lobbyists should not have a larger voice at the Capitol than the people. Our homes are special places where we make a lifetime of memories – not just another asset for the government to tax. As I said when we started this mission, in order to achieve meaningful property tax reform the voice of the people must echo the halls of the Capitol. I am so proud of the team Collin County taxpayers who made the long trip to demand property tax reform.”
A trusted conservative leader in the Texas Senate and outspoken advocate for meaningful property tax relief, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Taylor to serve on the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. During the interim the Committee traveled the state holding public hearings, discussing ways to improve the property tax process, as well as reduce the burden on property owners.
In a press release announcing his appointments to the committee, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick stated, “Texas voters have spoken and they clearly said they want lasting, meaningful tax reform. Proposition 1, this Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief, and recently passed legislation as well as Finance Committee interim charges are all part of a vision for a better Texas.”
According to data from the Texas Comptroller, between 2005 and 2014, local property taxes increased approximately 2.5 times faster than the median household income.
Last session Senator Taylor coauthored, and helped pass, Senate Bill 1 (84R), which increased the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 for school district property taxes. Needing voter approval before taking affect, over 86% of Texas voters supported the measure by passing Proposition 1 during the 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election. According to the non-partisan Legislative Budget Board this legislation provided Texans with $1.2 billion in property tax relief.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.