PLANO, TX – State Senator Van Taylor is encouraging his constituents to participate in the upcoming Senate Property Tax Reform and Relief Committee hearing on Wednesday, April 27 at the University of Texas at Arlington. The hearing will start at 8:00am with public testimony scheduled to begin at approximately 10:00am. The hearing will take place at the E.H. Hereford University Center, Rosebud Theatre at 300 West First Street in Arlington, with parking available in Lot 11.
“I firmly believe that political power comes from the grassroots. By going directly to the people, these hearings force politicians to hear how skyrocketing property taxes are affecting the everyday lives of the people they serve,” stated Taylor. “The appraisal system in Texas was not designed as a vehicle for local governments to subvert the people with a backdoor means to increase taxes and government spending. This money belongs to the people, not government, and failing to reform the process puts government growth on auto-pilot without regard for the will of the people.”
For those who have never offered public testimony at a state hearing before, Taylor noted the process is straightforward and designed for people to easily communicate with their state government. Those wishing to testify simply fill out a card with their information and then will be called to offer their experiences, thoughts, and/or opinions on the property tax system in Texas. The Committee requests that those wishing to provide public testimony limit prepared remarks to 3 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please submit 20 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing. Given the high interest, people wishing to testify should be prepared for long waits potentially lasting up to several hours.
If constituents have any questions about the process, or are unable to attend but would like to share their thoughts with the Committee, Taylor said they can contact his office at: (972) 398-9416 and someone will be there to help.
A trusted conservative leader in the Texas Senate, Taylor was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve on the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. The Committee has been traveling the state holding public hearings, discussing ways to improve the property tax process, as well as reduce the burden on property owners. To date, the Committee has held hearings in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Lubbock. Based on feedback from these hearings, the committee will report their recommendations to the Finance Committee prior to the 2017 Legislative Session.
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, property taxes increased approximately 2.5 times faster than the median household income.
Last session Senator Taylor coauthored, and helped pass, Senate Bill 1, 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 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. In addition to his role on the Property Tax Reform And Relief Committee, Taylor serves as the Vice-Chairman of both the Sunset Advisory Commission and the Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation 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.
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