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Editorial: Texas Keeps Slurping Up Local Property Taxes

An editorial in the Houston Chronicle notes that the Texas Education Agency projected that the state would spend $3.5 billion less in general revenue funds on education in the next couple of years.

“That’s because the local property tax revenues are expected to go through the roof—rising by about 6.8 percent each year. As property tax revenues rise, the state cuts its share of school funding. More of the tax burden is left on the shoulders of homeowners and businesses,” the editorial reads.

Legislators can fix the problem by overhauling the state’s broken school finance system. “Texas needs to reverse the flow on the school funding pipeline and start sending more state dollars down to local school districts,” it reads.

Read “Texas keeps slurping up local property taxes” in the Houston Chronicle.

September 24, 2018