Texas tax structure is imperfect, but it's favorable compared to most states, a statement supported by the fact that we're a destination point for relocation, not a point of embarcation. People vote with their feet.
One method of lowering the tax burden on individual homeowners is to encourage commercial development within the area under consideration. The largest part of the ad valorem tax is the school district segment. Corporations pay property taxes but do not have children, so the more commercial development present the lower the taxes needed per residential rooftop to support the education system.
That is why after serving a few terms handling school budgets i slid over to the Planning and Zoning commission to encourage quality commercial growth. A couple of decent sized businesses do wonders for picking up the tab that'd otherwise be on the backs of homeowners without increasing the number of children the district serves.
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Last edited by robjones; 06-16-2012 at 04:02 PM.