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12/08/2015 | Author: Mark Lehman

In Lehman's Terms

Although the Texas Legislature meets only 140 days every two years, the work of your lawmakers extends far beyond those few days. Your state legislators are already hard at work identifying legislative issues to address during the next Texas legislative session in 2017.

In fact, the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief had its first official meeting December 7. State Sen. Paul Bettencort, chairman of this committee, says that lawmakers will visit all parts of the state to hear from Texans about their experiences with the appraisal process.

“Today is the next step in the process to deliver meaningful property-tax relief and appraisal reform for all Texans,” said Bettencourt at the opening of the hearing. “The recent victory of Proposition 1 with 86% of the vote is indicative of Texans’ frustration with this out-of-control system. We will be tackling the complex appraisal, rate-setting, and appeal process that is byzantine at worst and certainly confusing.” 

Additional property-tax reform is very important to the Texas Association of REALTORS®, and we will inform you of the hearing locations and details when the schedule becomes available. I encourage every Texan to attend a hearing and to express your opinions about property taxes and the property tax appraisal process. 

Government is most effective when citizens are given a convenient opportunity to have their voices heard in a meaningful way about what they expect from their elected officials. We are very fortunate to have a state government where elected officials are willing to get out of Austin and listen to the citizens who they represent.

Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs at the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

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