Smaller Government - Lower Taxes - Personal Responsibility
Next Meeting January 12, 2017
Meeting starts @ 6:30 PM. Pantego Lions Club
3535 Marathon. Pantego, TX 76013
OUR Tax Assessor/Collector Mr. Ron Wright will present/address the key issues of this most critical pending legislation. IT’s YOUR MONEY!!!!!
Texas Senate Bill 2 - The Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2017
A FEW Highlights of the bill include:
• Lowering the rollback tax rate from the current 8% to 4%
• Requiring automatic tax ratification elections if the taxing unit adopts a tax rate that exceeds the rollback rate, thus removing the onerous petition requirement in current statute
• Standardizing tax ratification elections across the state by requiring them to be held on general election dates
• Creating a Property Tax Administration Advisory Board in the Comptroller’s office to oversee the entire property tax process
Upcoming 2017 Legistative Session
Property Tax Restructuring - Your property values goes up, the property rate (set by local governments) stays the same. Net result is you pay more in taxes. The Apprasial Board (who set the values) is a group of unelected officials who are appointed by the various local entitles. Bottom line is that there is an increase in the amount of taxes paid, and no elected officials are accountable. Contact us if you want to be part of the change on this issue.
Rights of the Unborn - With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the standards abortion clinics need to be as set by The Great State of Texas was unconstitutional, expect new initiatives in the effort to protect children in utero. Conversations with various State Senators and Representatives are underway. Contact us if you want to be part of the change on this issue.
Budget and the Economy - The Great State of Texas has one of the greatest economies in the United States and the world. To keep our economy moving forward, consertative budgetary constrants must be maintained. Expect liberal tricks and gimmicks to surface. This effort will require all hands on deck to ensure that smaller government and lower taxes win the day. Contact us if you want to be part of the effort on this issue.
Education - TEA's decision to throw out some of the STAAR test this last academic year symbolize how much work still needs to be done in Education. The largest single line item in the Texas budget has lots of complex and moving parts. We are always looking for knowledgeable and informed citizens to help monitor and recommend ways to make the ecucation system in The Great State of Texas better. Contact us if you want to be part of the effort on this issue.
Securing the Border - The current status of a safe and secure border is sad. Washington D.C. seems unwilling or unable to protect Texans specifically or Americans in general. We are working to change the current failing system from a reaction based system to a proactive based system. Short term increases in funding may be needed, but we believe that there will be a long term savings to taxpayers, not to mentions a safer Texas. Contact us if you want to be part of the effort on this issue.
New Stadium in Arlington - Having considered the issue, we believe the real long term benefits to the City of Arlington far outweigh the arguments to the contrary. The Arlington Tea Party Board of Directors by a majority vote announces our support the for new retractable roof baseball stadium for Arlington. We simply urge all Arlington residents vote YES on the issue on the November 8th ballot.
Arlington School District Property Tax Rate Reduction - The Arlington School Board has voted a reduction in the tax rate by 2.3 cents. More details at the Lone Star Tea Party Facebook page. Link to the right.
Arlington City Property Tax Rate Reduction - While the city council did pass a small (some say very small) take rate reduction, it was well below the reduction we were working for. What does that mean? More work for next year. Make your plans now to help
Candidates for the November 7 Election - We are excited at the candidates running for local office. Solid consertative leadership. As voters, do your homework...and vote.