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State Consultant Hugh D. Shine recordsdata property tax relief invoice

State Representative Hugh D. Shine files property tax relief bill

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by: Rep. Shine, Hugh


AUSTIN, Texas – State Representative Hugh D. Shine (Temple) today tabled House Bill 223, 224 and House Joint Resolution 21 to provide property tax breaks for Texans across the state. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation for the legislature on Wednesday, July 7th, to convene and address a dozen issues, including property tax breaks.

House Bill 223 / House Joint Resolution 21 refers 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 reflect any reduction from the previous tax year in the maximum Compaction rate of the circle. 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. HB 223 / HJR 21 would again offer voters the opportunity to extend the tax rate compression from HB 3 to people over 65 or disabled people, so that they too would see their M&O tax rate for the school lowered.

“I am grateful that Governor Abbott added wealth tax relief to the special session. This is a topic that is very important to both me and everyone in Texas. I look forward to working with Senator Paul Bettencourt (Houston), Senator Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham) and Representative Donna Howard (Austin) on HB 223 and HJR 21, “said Representative Shine.

House Bill 224 relates to the power of a person who purchases a homestead to obtain value tax exemption on the homestead in the year of purchase. Under current law, if a homeowner buys their home, they must wait until January 1st of the following year to receive the benefits of their homestead exemption. HB 224 seeks to solve this problem by allowing a homeowner to obtain leave of absence for the homestead in the year they acquire the property.

“House Bill 224 is important because homeowners are currently losing a few months to almost 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.”

HB 223, HB 224 and HJR 21 are now waiting for Speaker Dade Phelan (Beaumont) to refer them to a House Committee for a public hearing.

Media contact: Charlotte E. Blakemore

Contact information

Capitol Address:
District address:

Room GS.6

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768


(512)463-0937 Fax

4 south 1.

Temple, TX 76501

(254) 742-7616

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