Law on the relief of property tax goes through the house
by: Rep. Shine, Hugh
AUSTIN, Texas – Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 12 and Senate Joint Resolution 2 passed the Texas House of Representatives today. These monumental laws will bring lower property taxes to the people of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation for the legislature to convene and address over a dozen subjects, including property tax breaks, on Thursday, August 5th.
Senate Bill 12 / Joint Senate Resolution 2 relates to reducing the amount of a cap on the total amount of value taxes that a school district may impose on the dormitory of an elderly or disabled person to account for any reduction carry from the previous tax year in the maximum compression rate of the district. The 86th Legislature passed House Bill 3, the School Funding Reform Act, in its last session. HB 3 enabled schools to reduce their M&O tax rate for property taxpayers, with the state providing additional dollars to school districts in exchange for lower local school tax rates. Texans over 65 or people with disabilities did not receive this discount. SB 12 / SJR 2 would again offer voters the opportunity to extend HB 3’s tax rate compression to those over 65 or disabled people so that they too would see their school M&O tax rate lowered.
“I am grateful that Governor Abbott added wealth tax relief to both special sessions. This is an issue that is very important to both me and everyone in Texas in this legislation, as well as being the co-author in the second special session, “said Hugh D. Shine Rep. (Temple).
Senate draft 8 concerns the authorization of a person who buys a homestead to receive a value tax exemption for the homestead in the year of acquisition. Under current law, if a homeowner buys their home, they must attempt to resolve this issue by SB 8 1st by allowing a homeowner to obtain leave of absence on their homestead in the year they purchase the property .
“Senate Bill 8 is important because homeowners are currently losing a few months to nearly a full year of their homestead exemption and are paying more property taxes than they should,” Shine said. “These laws will actually give Texans lower property taxes.”
SB 8, SB 12 and SJR 12 will now be sent back to the Senate for final approval before going to the governor’s desk.
Media contact: Charlotte E. Blakemore; Charlotte.Blakemore@house.texas.gov
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
4 south 1.
Temple, TX 76501
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