James Quintero is the policy director for the Government for the People campaign at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Quintero focuses extensively on state and local government spending, taxes, debt, public pension reform, annexation, and local regulations.

As introduced, SB 1437 would amend current law to require cities and counties of a certain size to conduct an efficiency audit before holding an election to exceed the voter-approval tax rate.* Those entities affected** by the bill’s requirements would be expected to undergo a thorough examination prior to a tax increase election, using an approved auditor procured at the entity’s expense, and make public the results by discussing the auditor’s findings at an open meeting and posting any reports online.

Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Local Government