Stories to follow in 2019: Lawmakers representing Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, will consider school finance and taxes

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What we reported:  Elected officials face mounting pressure over the school finance system, which relies heavily on local property taxes, according to a December news report published in Community Impact Newspaper.

The latest: State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, met with Carroll ISD officials to discuss priorities ahead of the 86th legislative session, which began Jan. 8. He said school finance reform—which is closely tied to property tax reform—will remain at the forefront of legislative discussions. Of particular concern are the number of property-wealthy school districts paying the state “Robin Hood” money to redistribute to property-poor districts. Capriglione said these recapture payments will not be going away, but the amounts paid could be frozen or lowered.

What’s next: In addition to advocating for more money for public education, Capriglione said he will author or co-author bills to increase the maximum homestead exemption rate to provide further relief to property owners. Recently elected state Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, said she will support a full-scale funding reform in education.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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