Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief to Meet in San Antonio

San Antonio – The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief, chaired by Senator Paul Bettencourt (SD-7), will meet in San Antonio on Wednesday, January 27th at UTSA. They will take invited, resource, and public testimony. Host Senator, Carlos Uresti, will not attend due to recent hospitalization.

“Property taxes throughout the State are increasing much faster than average median family income,” said Senator Bettencourt. “I am excited to get to work to address this critical issue and work to bring meaningful solutions to Texans suffering under the ever increasing burden of these taxes.”

The Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief was formed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and given an interim charge to study the property tax process, including the appraisal system, and recommend ways to promote transparency, simplicity, and accountability by all taxing entities and examine and develop options to further reduce the tax burden on property owners.

“This is not just a localized issue,” continued Chairman Bettencourt. “In Bexar County, for example, county tax revenue has increased almost 30% between 2012 and 2015. We are seeing similar trends all over the State. Clearly there is a problem and this committee intends to tackle it and solve it.”

The Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief will be holding hearings throughout Texas in the coming months, and plans to visit many areas, such as the Valley, major metro areas such as Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, and other Texas counties.

Tomorrow’s hearing will take place at the University of Texas at San Antonio, located at One UTSA Circle. The hearing will be held in the HEB University Center in ballroom 2. Parking will be available in the Ximenes parking garage.