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The idea of buying a house is exciting but daunting. Whether purchasing a first home or a forever home, wrong choices can be costly. What should future homebuyers know and to

make the process manageable and be confident about important decisions?

 

  

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Homeowners across the state have seen the amount of taxes owed on their property increase year after year. Complaints of appraisals, confusing statements and rising taxes have made ownership less desirable. Property tax reform has finally come to Texas after the 86th Legislative session. What laws have been enacted, and will property taxes finally be reduced?

  

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Monday at 12:30 p.m. on "The Source" – An $11.6 billion plan to reform school finance in Texas unanimously passed through both the Texas House and Senate and is on Gov. Abbott's desk for final approval. 

House Bill 3, or the Texas Plan for Transformational School Finance Reform, includes $6.5 billion to improve public education and pay teachers, plus $5.1 billion to lower school district taxes. 

In early April, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced that they will support a proposal to raise the sales tax in Texas and use those proceeds to cut property taxes.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott named his emergency legislative priorities during Tuesday's State of the State address. 

He praised the state's economy and job growth, and he noted what people say when he asks them why they moved to Texas.

“Now listen I know, we may not be perfect, but all the newcomers I talk to, they think that Texas is a governmental holy grail,” Abbott said.

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Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Governor Greg Abbott plans to take another shot at reducing property tax rates after the state legislature rejected similar plans last session.   

 

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Although San Antonio leads the nation in economic inequality, many of the issues contributing to the opportunity gap between residents stem from the fundamentals: homes and education. 

Ryan Poppe

After not speaking for months, House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick from the Texas Senate sat down to hear each other’s special session priorities.  The two legislative leaders wanted to determine if there is enough compromise between the two legislative bodies to get a bill to the governor’s desk before the end of the special session.

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Legislature’s 30-day special session is moving through an ambitious agenda at a rapid-fire pace, at least in the Senate.

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