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Hit the Road, Jack: Property and Sales Taxes to Build Texas Highway Projects

Hit the Road, Jack: Property and Sales Taxes to Build Texas Highway Projects

Texans already said no, but Texas lawmakers keep pushing for a yes. And they won. The struggle over whom or what would fund state highways caused a dispute in the Lone Star State. And it worsened as Texans learned local property and sales taxes would be the primary and only source for funding. It is a heated situation, since Texans are plagued with increasing property taxes, cutting budgets in half.

The Texas House passed Senate Bill 1110, which would directly grant state officials the right to utilize property and sales tax to fund state highway projects. The irony: Texans will provide the taxes but will also be charged a toll to use these highways, or toll roads. It is no surprise why the proposed bill was rejected the first time around in 2011 and again in 2013.

Competition amongst the Senate and Texas House prompted the ordeal to escalate. Highway and road funding have been left to slowly cook on the backburner while public schools take first spot on the list of priorities. The matter is to be decided by Governor Rick Perry who expected to evaluate the bill for a final decision.

If your property taxes are reaching an all-time high and you would like to file a rendition, contact the accountants in McAllen of Gonzalez & Arrambide, Inc. at (956) 351-6531.

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