AUSTIN— Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Ellen Troxclair and Vance Ginn, Ph.D., will provide invited testimony before the Senate Committee on Property Tax.

“Skyrocketing property taxes are forcing people out of their homes and businesses, and it is heartbreaking to see the stress and hardship that this has brought to our neighbors and our communities,” said Ellen Troxclair, former Austin City Councilmember and senior fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Local Governance. “Updating our state tax code to allow voters to weigh in on property taxes increases more than 2.5 percent each year not only makes good economic sense but also strengthens what is the ultimate local control- empowering citizens to play a stronger oversight role in the government elected to serve them.”

“Texas is the third most economically free state but skyrocketing local property taxes threaten the prosperity of Texans across this great state,” said Vance Ginn, Ph.D., senior economist and director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “During the last 20 years, this burden has increased across local tax jurisdictions faster than the average taxpayer’s ability to pay. Now is the time to rein in skyrocketing local property taxes.”

Who: TPPF’s Ellen Troxclair and Vance Ginn, Ph.D.
What: Invited testimony before the Senate Committee on Property Tax
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 beginning at 8am
Where: Texas Capitol Building, Hearing Room E1.0112 | 1100 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701

Live broadcast: https://senate.texas.gov/av-live.php?lang=en

For more information, please contact Sarah Silberstein at ssilberstein@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.