Tax myth busted by Sen. Bettencourt

by | Oct 7, 2016 | Latest

Sen. Bettencourt Busts Another Property Tax Myth, that 

‘I Did Not Raise Your Taxes, Because I Did Not Raise Your Tax Rate’ 

AUSTIN – Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief, yesterday busted the property tax myth the committee has heard around the state from elected officials who say, “I didn’t raise your taxes, because I didn’t raise your tax rate.”

“It is time to recognize the obvious in Texas: When property appraised values increase, and tax rates remain the same, that is a tax increase nearly all the time!” Sen. Bettencourt said.

The Select Committee recently heard in testimony at its hearing in Plano that Collin, Montgomery, and Tarrant counties as well as the cities of Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth have all cut their tax rate this year by more than a penny. Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright told the Select Committee, “There has never been this much movement in tax rates in a single year” and publicly attributed this to the committee’s hearings in Arlington and across the state.

Major urban areas in Texas are experiencing rapid taxable value growth and, in the past, the vast majority of cities and counties generally leave their rate unchanged or only cut it slightly, taxpayers’ tax bills have increased. In Harris County, for example, the taxable values have increased by $117 billion between 2011 and 2015, resulting in a nearly 53 percent increase in the county’s general fund property tax revenue or a calculated $568 million. During the same time frame, Dallas County’s taxable values grew by $33 billion, a 21 percent increase. Since Dallas County left their tax rate unchanged from 2011 to 2015, taxpayers paid 21 percent more by 2015 than they did in 2011.

“Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins made a true attempt to cut the tax rate this year in his county, but lost the vote 3–2. Harris County, the largest county in the state, has not set its tax rate but publicly noticed an overall no change in the tax rate. Harris County should follow the lead of the other tax rate cutters,” Sen. Bettencourt added.

0 Comments

Related News

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 Wylie municipal bond and Texas Constitution election runs Oct. 18-29. Nearby early voting locations for Dallas County residents include Sachse City Hall, Rowlett City Hall and Dallas College Garland Center, formally Richland College. Collin...

read more
Three keys to victory: Wylie East vs. Tyler High

Three keys to victory: Wylie East vs. Tyler High

The Raiders have had their shares of struggles at the start of district play, coming off of a heartbreaking loss to McKinney North.  Wylie East travels to Tyler to face the Tyler High School Lions Friday, Oct. 15. Here are three keys to a Raiders victory this...

read more
Wylie loses to Naaman Forest

Wylie loses to Naaman Forest

The Pirates (2-2, 2-5) allowed 28 points in the second half, losing to Naaman Forest 42-21. Play of the Game: Jaden Flores records pick-six against the Pirates Things started strong for Wylie against Naaman Forest (3-1, 3-1). After the first half, the Pirates held...

read more
Abraham qualifies to regional cross country meet

Abraham qualifies to regional cross country meet

Anjelika Abraham qualified for the third straight season, as the Wylie East cross country season competed at the district championship at Myers Park in McKinney Tuesday, Oct. 12. The senior finished 10th overall out of 48 runners in the girls varsity 5K (19:50.60)....

read more
Fire personnel teach safety techniques

Fire personnel teach safety techniques

Wylie Fire-Rescue has a full slate of visits scheduled in October for schools, daycares and other venues to teach fire safety.  At Wylie ISD’s Cox Elementary School on Oct. 8, the program was a skit centered on two cartoonish characters and a puppet. In the skit,...

read more
Tax bills coming soon

Tax bills coming soon

 Wylie residents should watch for the arrival property tax notices in the coming weeks.  Tax statements on behalf of taxing entities throughout Collin County will be mailed this month, Tax Assessor-Collector Kenneth Maun reported. Statements usually go in...

read more
Wylie city manager resigns

Wylie city manager resigns

Wylie City Manager Chris Holsted's resignation was accepted early Wednesday morning after the Wylie City Council met in an executive session to discuss his performance and contract. The vote to accept Holsted's resignation was 6-1, with Councilmember Garrett Mize...

read more
Principal embraces role of leader of students, teachers

Principal embraces role of leader of students, teachers

Tiffany Doolan started at Wylie East High School as its principal for the 2020-21 school year, a time of turbulence for all schools because of the pandemic.  Doolan, who was the former assistant principal at East, recently talked about her job as the leader of the...

read more