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Mayors, Adler ask for serious talk about property tax
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Yesterday, Mayor Steve Adler continued to celebrate his July break by working. This time, Adler and 17 other Texas mayors got together to ask for a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to talk about property taxes. As Adler explained on Facebook, “(Abbott) has declared property tax increases the top special session priority. If he’s serious, he must ask the legislature to fix our broken school finance system. Most (75%) of the total Austin property tax increase is school taxes, a direct result of the legislature’s failure to fix broken school finance system. The Governor’s proposed city tax cap would save less than $2 a month, which miniscule compared to your school tax increase that is 10 times bigger! It’s time to focus on our real challenge – the broken school finance system.” The letter from all the mayors is available online.
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