Senate Bill 2 tops WilCo Commissioners Court discussion

Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Williamson County Commissioners Court featured a light agenda.

Discussion of the ongoing 85th session of the Texas Legislature highlighted the meeting.

Commissioners heard updates and discussed bills filed during the legislative session, including Senate Bill 2, which calls for a 4 percent cap on an increase in property tax bills from year to year and directly affects the state's road and bridge and general funds.

Although no action was taken, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey wanted to begin discussion concerning the bill.

Covey pointed out that with the decreased funds coming into the county should SB2 pass, it would be more difficult to fund long-term capital projects and could even make everyday operations more difficult.

"We don't want to be using debt to turn on the lights," Covey said.

Estimated data presented to the court showed that if SB2 passes, the county would see a loss of $27 million in revenue by 2019, according to Covey.

The court agreed to keep an eye on the legislation and discuss it at future meetings.