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Property Taxes Increase but Public Schools Still Get Less

When the state pays less for schools, each dollar that you pay in higher local property taxes counts for less.

Ellen Williams, an Austin attorney and lobbyist, wrote the following: “The Texas Commission on Public School Finance should review how drastically reduced state funding for school districts creates pass-through property tax hikes whose value benefits the state budget rather than five million children in Texas school districts.”

The value of increased property taxes doesn’t go to your local district or even to other, less property-wealthy districts. Your higher local tax dollars paid are, in effect, worth less, with a significant portion funding the state budget and state charter schools.

Read “You are paying more property taxes, but schools are still getting less,” by Ellen Williams, Dallas Morning News.

March 7, 2018