Lavish School Spending in Crosshairs as Property Tax Bill Advances in Senate

A plan to buy down Texans’ school property taxes using surplus money in the state budget advanced in the Texas Senate for the second time this year, and may emerge stronger than before.

On Tuesday, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-0 to approve property tax relief measure Senate Bill 1 (not to be confused with the election reform bill passed during the second special session—bill numbering restarts every session).

“The basic tenet of this bill is this: If we have excess money, give it back to the taxpayers because they’re the ones who need it,” said SB 1 author State Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R–Houston).

The bill is nearly identical to a bill Bettencourt filed during the second special session that passed the Senate 29-2 but didn’t make it through the House.

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