Tax increases are made solely by local government officials when they set a new tax rate each summer for their coming fiscal year.
Pratt on Texas
Pratt: Texas Democrat Reality Is a Universe of Its Own
Texas Democrats tried to make the case that State Rep. Ryan Guillen is leaving the party because his newly drawn district lines would make it hard to gain re-election as a Democrat, but that doesn’t fit the facts as much as it fits Democrat excuse-making and fantasy.
Pratt: Warped Use of COVID ‘Relief’ and Definition of Distance Learning at Odessa College
Odessa College’s piano purchase is a perversion of what funding for local distance learning is meant to be.
Pratt: Republican-drawn Political Districts Are Most Always Branded as Racist, and It’s a Big Catch-22
How should Republicans handle this in the press and public eye?
Pratt: Part of Texas Big Freeze Showed More Money and Regulation, Not a Solution
“Those who claim the solution to a problem is always more money or more government regulation … are demonstrably wrong.”
Pratt: Are Texas Republicans Being Racist in Opposing Racist Constructs?
“The bill does not restrain school lessons on racism, its ugliness, or its existence; the bill attempts to restrain one nasty form of bigotry and racism from being introduced as a supposed cure for another.”
Commentary: What Some Call a “Stunt” Was Consequential for Taxpayers
What some call a “stunt” was consequential for Lubbock taxpayers and instructive for every conservative county commissioner in Texas.
Commentary: Texas’ Big 3 Riding Too Far Out Front on Tax Swap Idea
“It is a policy I generally favor but, even liking the idea, I cannot support it without knowing the detail.”
Commentary: Rule of 72 and why any election-trigger property tax cap above 3% is a failure
If legislators fail and agree on 5% for the election trigger, then your property taxes can easily double in about 14 years. And remember, that means a 50% tax increase in just 7 years!
Local officials fabricate claims about appraisal cap legislation
Since local government officials across the state are on a full-court press to prevent passage of property tax appraisal reform legislation, I think it important to press back. What is being claimed by either ignorant or dishonest city and county officials across...