AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Bryan Mathew will testify on the process and practice of dissolving special purpose districts before the Texas House Committee on Special Purpose Districts today, Nov. 30, at 1:00 p.m. CST in Room E2.014 at the Texas State Capitol.
“Special purpose districts continue to proliferate both in terms of number and tax burden,” said Mathew. “In 2011, the number of special districts levying a property tax totaled just over 1,700 and the taxes imposed by those entities totaled $5 billion. Today, Texas’ invisible governments number in excess of 2,000 and their burden has grown to more than $8 billion. That’s a concerning rate of growth signaling trouble ahead for homeowners and businesses alike. Legislators should carefully examine this issue and push forward with commonsense solutions to protect property owners.”
WHO: Bryan Mathew, policy analyst with TPPF's Center for Local Governance
WHAT: Testimony on Special District Reform
WHEN: Today, Thursday November 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Room E2.014 at the Texas State Capitol
For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Mathew, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
Bryan Mathew is a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.