Your Chance to Vote on Fair Taxes and New Top Tier Universities

Posted on 10/19/2009 3:04 PM

As early voting for new state constitutional amendments starts this week, I'd like to tell you about three propositions that are particularly important to our community.

Proposition 2 would allow the Legislature to pass a bill stopping appraisal districts from inflating certain property values. It would ensure that homes are simply valued as homes, rather than valued at the theoretical price the property might earn if the owner sold it for its "highest and best use," including commercial use.

Proposition 3 would allow the state to audit our local property appraisal districts to ensure they are using the proper procedures and treating taxpayers fairly. I have filed bills to make this change during the last two legislative sessions, and I'm glad we are close to the finish line. I believe most Texans are willing to pay their fair share of taxes to fund public investments such as schools, roads and public safety, but we need to ensure we are all treated fairly in the process.

Proposition 4 would establish a new fund to invest in research at state universities such as UTSA. We need more top tier universities for our growing number of top tier students. This is an historic opportunity to start doing just that, and to put Texas on a path to be a world leader in higher education.

You can read all about the proposed amendments in this handy House Research Organization
report, learn about early voting here, and look up Bexar County early voting locations and hours here.

P.S. House Research Organization also has great
reports on the major legislation passed this year, the Governor's vetoes, and the new state budget.