State Senator Van Taylor Invites Constituents To Participate In Collin County Property Tax Committee Hearing
Senate Property Tax Committee Holding Public Hearing at Collin College Spring Creek Campus on Monday, October 3rd
PLANO, TX – State Senator Van Taylor today announced that the Senate Property Tax Reform and Relief Committee is coming to Collin County to hold a public hearing on Monday, October 3rd at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus in Plano. Taylor requested the committee hold a field hearing in Collin County to hear directly from local homeowners affected by rising property taxes.
The hearing will take place at Collin College Spring Creek Campus in the Living Legends Conference Center with free parking available in lot 8. The hearing is scheduled to being at 10:00am.
“When I hear the fear in a person’s voice, worried they might have to sell their home because the tax burden has grown too immense, my blood boils. Government exists to secure the rights of the people not tax people out of their homes,” stated Taylor. “The appraisal system in Texas was not designed as a vehicle for local governments to subvert the will of the people with backdoor means to increase taxes and government spending. Any system, which seeks to silence the people, belittles the principles of our Republic and cries out for reform.”
For those who have never offered public testimony at a state hearing before, Taylor noted the process is straightforward and designed for people to easily communicate with their state government. Those wishing to testify simply fill out a card and then will be called to offer their experiences, thoughts, and/or opinions on the property tax system in Texas. The Committee requests that those wishing to provide public testimony limit prepared remarks to 3 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please submit 20 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing. Given the high interest, people wishing to testify should be prepared for long waits potentially lasting up to several hours.
If constituents have any questions about the process, or are unable to attend but would like to share their thoughts with the Committee, Taylor said they can contact his office at: (972) 398-9416 and someone will be there to help.
Taylor continued, “I firmly believe that political power comes from the grassroots. By going directly to the people, these hearings force politicians to hear how skyrocketing property taxes are affecting the everyday lives of the people they serve.”
A trusted conservative leader in the Texas Senate and outspoken advocate for meaningful property tax relief, Taylor was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve on the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. The Committee has been traveling the state holding public hearings, discussing ways to improve the property tax process, as well as reduce the burden on property owners. To date, the Committee has held hearings in San Antonio, Harlingen, Lubbock, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston. Based on feedback from these hearings, the committee will report their recommendations to the Finance Committee prior to the 2017 Legislative Session.
In a press release announcing his appointments to the committee, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick stated, “Texas voters have spoken and they clearly said they want lasting, meaningful tax reform. Proposition 1, this Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief, and recently passed legislation as well as Finance Committee interim charges are all part of a vision for a better Texas.”
According to data from the Texas Comptroller, between 2005 and 2014, property taxes increased approximately 2.5 times faster than the median household income.
Last session Senator Taylor coauthored, and helped pass, Senate Bill 1, which increased the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 for school district property taxes. Needing voter approval before taking affect, over 86% of Texas voters supported the measure by passing Proposition 1 during the 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election. According to the non-partisan Legislative Budget Board this legislation provided Texans with $1.2 billion in property tax relief.
A local small businessman and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate. In addition to his role on the Property Tax Reform And Relief Committee, Taylor serves as the Vice-Chairman of both the Sunset Advisory Commission and the Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
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