Senate committee approves bill to limit local property tax increases


A special Texas Senate committee on Saturday approved a bill that would require cities and counties to get voter approval for property tax increases exceeding 4 percent, identified by Gov. Greg Abbott as his top priority of the 30-day special legislative session that began Tuesday.

Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, is expected to sail through the upper chamber, which approved a similar measure during the regular session, before facing an uncertain future in the House.

Currently, residents can petition to force an election on tax increases of 8 percent or more by cities, counties and special purpose districts. The bill would make those elections automatic, as well as lower what’s known as the rollback rate that triggers them.

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