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.
Taxpayers across Texas would see some local property tax relief if current attempts led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republican legislators to cap property tax revenues and appraisals comes to fruition, but those minor, temporary reliefs would come at a devastating cost to vital public services, local officials say.
If you want to get a grasp of the scale of what Bexar County actually does – and funds – browsing through the 500-page, 2015-2016 fiscal year budget proposal would be a good start.