Governor Greg Abbott has called for a second special session, this time with the spotlight on property tax cuts. Now, don’t get me wrong, any reduction in taxes is a welcome sight. But let’s not start the parade just yet. This is merely a sleight of hand, a distraction from the real issue at hand. As the President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, I’ve long championed the complete elimination of property taxes. And with TEXIT, we could do just that and more.
The Abbott Shuffle
Abbott’s plan is to use $12.3 billion of Texas dollars to reduce property taxes by “compression.” In layman’s terms, he’s giving more money to school districts with the condition that they lower property tax rates. On the other side of the aisle, the Senate has passed a property tax relief package that would spend more than $18 billion of the state’s budget surplus on mechanisms aimed at lowering property tax bills.
Sounds good, right? But here’s the kicker: these are just band-aid solutions. They’re temporary fixes that don’t address the root of the problem. Property taxes are inherently unfair, penalizing homeowners for investing in their homes and communities. They’re particularly burdensome for seniors and others on fixed incomes. And these proposals do nothing to change that.
The Real Solution: TEXIT
The real solution, the one that would provide lasting relief for Texans, is TEXIT. If we were to keep the $103-$160 billion we overpay annually to the federal government, we could immediately eliminate property taxes. And not just that, we could also reduce the overall tax burden on Texans. Now, that’s a plan worth talking about.
Imagine a Texas where homeowners are not penalized for investing in their homes. A Texas where seniors and those on fixed incomes don’t have to worry about rising property taxes. A Texas where economic growth is stimulated, not stifled. That’s the Texas we could have with TEXIT.
The Bottom Line
So, while Abbott’s call for a special session on property tax cuts might seem like a victory, don’t be fooled. It’s a half-measure, a compromise. And Texans deserve better than that. We deserve a real solution, not just a temporary fix. We deserve TEXIT. And as long as I’m President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, I’ll keep fighting to make that a reality.