Sales Tax Plan Would Redefine School District Wealth

As the conservative idea of replacing property taxes with sales taxes comes under political scrutiny in Texas, the practical complications pile up quickly.

The debate between the state comptroller candidates Glenn Hegar and Mike Collier — Hegar, a Republican, likes the idea, while Collier, a Democrat, calls it an enormous sales tax increase — puts the tax swap notion back in the public arena, exposing its strengths and its flaws.

The concept has been knocked around for years by research organizations, lawmakers and activists who fear that rising property taxes are pricing Texans out of their homes and other property holdings. Public ...

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