House Speaker Dade Phelan has announced the creation of the Select Study Committee on Sustainable Property Tax Relief. Speaker Phelan stated the Committee has been tasked with:

  • “Evaluating the dynamic effects of tax rate compression, limits on taxable value, and homestead exemption increases to maximize savings to property owners;
  • Studying the viability and sustainability of eliminating maintenance and operations taxes by 2035;
  • Examining historical rates of appraisal increases and recommending methods to reduce the tax burden of appraisal increases on all real property; and
  • Examining the long-term value of homestead exemptions to Texas homeowners in conjunctions with the impact of appraisal increases”

The Committee will be made up of Reps. Morgan Meyer – Chair (R-University Park), Shawn Thierry – Vice-Chair (D-Houston), Steve Allison (R-San Antonio), Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), Mano DeAyala (R-Houston), Donna Howard (D-Austin), Janie Lopez (R-San Benito), Candy Noble (R-Lucas), Richard Raymond (D-Laredo), High Shine (R-Temple), Ellen Troxclair (R-Austin), Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), and Armando Walle (D-Houston), as well ass public members Cheryl Johnson, Brad Livingston, and Don “Skeeter” Miller