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Opinion: State Should Pay Its Share for Schools to Ease Property Tax Burden

An opinion piece by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt opens with the passage in the Texas Constitution focused on education: “A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.”

The state has “…shirked its responsibilities to provide for a general diffusion on knowledge by leaning on the locals to do it for them…For every additional dollar in local property taxes paid, the state has reduced its level of public education funding,” Eckhardt writes.

“The House is showing early signs of responsible governing with its suggested addition of $9 billion to public education. This will not only increase school funding but also relieve our local property taxes so that they may be used to deliver the services necessary for other unfunded mandates passed down from the state,” Eckhardt writes.

“Tell your senator and representative that proper state financing of public education equals property tax relief,” Eckhardt writes.

Read “Eckhardt: Property tax relief begins when state pays its share for schools,” Austin American-Statesman.

February 6, 2019