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If you ask a homeowner in Texas how they feel about their property taxes, odds are they will tell you that property taxes are a major burden for their family and that they hope to get property tax relief in the ongoing special legislative session.

Where Texas Ranks Compared to Other States

In February of last year, WalletHub reported that the state of Texas had the seventh-highest property tax burden in the United States, coming in lower than Wisconsin, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Illinois, and New Jersey, where the annual taxes paid on a home priced at the state median value was $3,099.

Just one year later, another report from the Tax Foundation has Texas ranked as the state with the sixth-highest property tax rate, preceded only by Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Illinois, and New Jersey.

They Promised to Address This

Republicans have controlled the state Legislature and held every statewide office for nearly two decades. Yet despite campaign promises to the contrary, property tax burdens have increased by 181 percent in that time, quickly outpacing several other states.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced property tax relief as an item on his special session agenda the day before the ongoing special session began on July 8.

In 2019, the Texas Legislature appropriated roughly $5.1 billion to the newly established property tax relief fund. In the budget passed by the Legislature this session, they maintained the existing amount of funding for property tax relief, even though burdens are increasing.

With regard to the 2019 legislative session, Tim Hardin, executive director of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, said:

Relief is a reduction in property taxes, where reform—which is what I would say they did—is a changing of the system and making improvements. And I would definitely say what they did was an improvement. But

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