What will the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 Bring to the Table?

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Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 have finally brought some relief for property owners. Although the new law is a step in the right direction this won’t necessarily decrease the property tax bill.

With the new Texas property tax law, instead of having tax elections in the summer, where people are known not to pay as much attention, the elections will be held in November. Also city and county have to have an approval in an election if they choose to increase revenue by more than 3.5%. School districts have a cap of 2.5% for tax increases or they also have to call for an election.

Another positive to the new law is that more information has to be made available to the public. Dallas News also states, “In addition, if a government plans to boost its tax rate, a detailed public notice is required to inform residents. The notice, in a newspaper and/or on the government’s website, explains where and when a public hearing is scheduled so you can go hoot and holler.”

Many other changes were made to the property tax system including:

  • Gathering protest information
  • No vendettas
  • Better wording
  • Accountability
  • School taxes
  • Arb training
  • More comptroller involvement
  • Notice of exemption eligibility
  • Protest Help

To read in more detail about each of those changes, please click here.

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