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Rodriguez votes to deliver property tax cuts to the elderly and increase in homestead tax exemption  print page

by: Rep. Rodriguez, Eddie
02/19/2007

AUSTIN -- Today Representative Eddie Rodriguez (Austin) took a stand today to decrease property taxes for the elderly and disabled, increase the homestead tax exemption and raise teacher salary.

HJR 1 provides for a reduction of the limitation of the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed by a school district on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes.

"This legislation will allow elderly and disabled Texans to receive the benefits of the tax cut that other property owners received last session, right now," said Representative Rodriguez.

Representative Rodriguez also voted in favor of two important amendments to HB 2 today, one of which would have tripled the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $45,000 to give larger property tax cuts to more Texans.

"This amendment offers a fair and equitable way to reduce taxes for all homeowners and puts more money in the pockets of hardworking, middle-income Texans."

Representative Rodriguez also voted to raise teacher pay to the national average to attract the best and brightest to teach in our classrooms by increasing teacher salaries to the national average.

"It's unrealistic to think we can attract and keep the best teachers while still paying teachers well below the national average teacher salary," said Rodriguez.

"Educating our children should be our top priority as a state legislature. In the failed amendments to HB 2, I voted in favor of measures that would put more money into classrooms for all Texas schoolchildren while providing more tax relief to homeowners," said Representative Rodriguez. "Our teachers, school children and taxpayers deserve better."


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