State Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton) is an accountant and strong conservative leader who the Lone Star Report says "is rapidly becoming the House leadership’s resident expert on all taxation issues." He has filed numerous bills to fix abuses in the property tax system.
For example, his HB 3490 would prevent appraisal districts from suing homeowners whose appraisal is reduced on appeal. Otto’s HB 3491 requires that at least two appraisal district board of directors members not work for a taxing unit. And Otto’s HB 3492 adjusts the comptroller’s property value study for the effects of successful tax appeals. The study can be used to cut aid to school districts if the comptroller thinks property is under-appraised in that county.
Otto’s leadership on these issues is much appreciated.