State lawmakers are not solely to blame for the increasing burden on local property taxpayers, but they are certainly as responsible as anyone else.
San Antonio City Councilman John Courage (D9) said he has worked since his election to create larger police academy classes, work on equitable city funding, and to share his interest in innovative mass transit options with his fellow Council members.
The lawmakers covered a range of topics, but residents who raised questions focused primarily on local development and the state school financing system.
City staff will present budget amendment options to City Council on Thursday before a vote is held on the fiscal year 2018 spending plan.
Voters don’t like property taxes. State lawmakers like voters and want them to be happy. But they are not going to lower your property taxes.
Many Texans believe local law enforcement should cooperate with immigration authorities and be allowed to question people’s immigration status.
The recent legislative session featured several defeats for local control, and the special session in July could mean more of the same.
The real question is what would be cut from local government budgets if and when their voters reject bigger tax increases.
A major source of division among cities and state officials is differing opinions on what local control means — and to whom it provides the power to govern.
Bexar County Appraisal District (BCAD) appraisals for private property rose about 7% from last year, and Bexar County residents who were shocked by their property appraisals are running out of time to protest the 2016 values.