A special House committee was formed this week to address the state’s out-of-control property taxes. House Speaker Tom Craddick appointed some of the Legislature’s strongest fiscal conservatives to the committee. After numerous false starts over the years, it’s possible this committee might make headway on one of Texas’ most vexing tax problems.

Chairing the committee is John Otto and the vice-chair is taxpayer hero Ken Paxton. Also serving on the committee are taxpayer heroes and champions Gary Elkins, Phil King, Dan Flynn and Larry Taylor.

State Rep. Wayne Christian, who heads the Texas Conservative Coalition, said that while “the Legislature has worked to make property taxes less burdensome” and used “billions of dollars in legislatively-appropriated property tax rate relief, local rates, appraisals, and bond debt continue to push property tax bills ever-higher.”

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."