Skip to comments.Texas: Jerry Patterson Supports Statewide Property Tax
Posted on 02/14/2013 1:41:38 PM PST by Sic Parvis Magna
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a declared candidate for the 2014 lieutenant governor's race, did not rule out supporting a statewide property tax to benefit public education funding, and he said that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has lost his "ability to sell" the issues.
Patterson, who made his comments Thursday during a TribLive conversation, said a statewide property tax, rather than local property taxes, might be the answer to the financing inequities in different counties. Such a move would require that a constitutional prohibition against that tax to be repealed.
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Personally, I think Patterson is right. A simplified tax structure will help tax payers and possibly keep the state out of court for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, he will probably tax a lot of heat for his support for a statewide property tax.
Should say “take” instead of “tax in that last sentence.
Jerry wants Texas to be California!
I don’t like it. We’ll end up with an additional tax.
Exactly. They will add an tax to the existing taxes. It will be the State of Taxes not Texas.
Property taxes are evil and abused, no matter if they are administered by local or state governments. Just say NO to them, period.
I had tentatively leaned to supporting Patterson. No more unless he refutes a state property tax.
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Just another transfer of wealth scheme.
So, would we end up with a statewide school district?
Will Texas tell “rich” districts to keep subsidizing the “poor” ones?
I can annoy them personally on a regular basis, and have a much greater impact on their election.
Sounds like Robin Hood Redux.
Robin Hood sucks!
Not sure how the state being involved would help.
Will that mean that the appraisal will be statewide too?
And then you will have to go to Austin to appeal your appraisal?
Don’t we already have that with “Robin Hood”?
Yeah, as draconian as our local property taxes are, the ability to restrain state politicos from going whole hog on a statewide property tax structure would be harder to manage.
Maybe it would help if we stop building high school football stadiums that NFL teams would envy.
but right now “rich” districts can spend additional money on themselves that won’t be allowed if the state controls the tax rates and they can’t add to what the states doles out to them.
We are going to end up with lowest common denominator schools statewide.
did not rule out supporting a statewide property tax to benefit public education funding,
Take from the wealthy to give to the poor. Granted property assessment across the varying districts are anywhere near equal. Just look at some of the top football complexes amongst some of the high schools.
However education needs to be funded via some method be it property tax, sales tax, or some other method of taking the money from the populace.
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