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End the Fiscal Shell Games with School Funding

A Houston Chronicle editorial has called for the Texas Legislature to “get serious about ending diversions across the board and stop relying on the rise in local property taxes to help lawmakers fund matters other than education.”

The editorial notes that “property wealthy” school districts send any increase in property taxes they collect to the state. The state’s “sleight of hand” is on the back end, when it sends schools less money from the General Revenue fund. “In effect, our local property tax revenues benefit the state’s bottom line, not public schools,” it reads.

“It’s easier for state officials to claim they have not voted for a new tax by instead relying on local collections to bolster state coffers. Let us be clear: That dog no longer hunts,” it reads.

Read “Fiscal shell games” in the Houston Chronicle.

February 14, 2018