Everywhere I travel I hear the same story: folks struggling to pay oppressive property taxes in a system that is confusing and obfuscated. There is hope that the next legislative session will see strong reforms aimed at empowering taxpayers. One of the fellows leading the charge is my friend, State Rep. Larry Phillips of Sherman.

Phillips is exploring a comprehensive package of property tax reforms including changes the appraisal and review systems. At the core of his efforts will be the desire to give taxpayers a stronger voice. Of course, that won’t make him popular with the bureaucracy.

You can learn more about Phillips at his website, and I know he’d appreciate hearing your property tax reform recommendations.

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."