Which bills will affect property taxes?

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Updated July 29, 1:42 p.m.

The 86th Texas legislative session ended May 27, and the final deadline for Gov. Greg Abbot to sign or veto legislation was June 16.

In our cover story this month, we look at House Bill 3, which has repercussions for Conroe ISD and surrounding schools districts in the form of additional money allocated for students as well as for teacher and other staff raises.

The bill is also designed to reduce property taxes, reducing the maintenance and operations tax rate by up to $0.08 cents in the next academic year.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 2 passed this year to limit property tax revenue growth to 3.5% more than the previous year in cities, counties and other taxing units. The legislation, signed into law in June, would trigger an election if property tax revenue exceeds that 3.5% threshold.

Another measure—House Joint Resolution 3—which would have provided property tax relief by increasing state sales tax rate, did not reach the governor’s desk.

Editor’s note: The story was updated to correct the information about House Joint Resolution 3, which did not reach the governor’s desk. It was not vetoed, as was previously stated.

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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