Analysis: Cutting a Tax the State Does Not Levy

Somewhere, in their town hall meetings and visits with constituents, in their political campaign polling, or by watching their tax bills, Texas politicians are starting to hear a lot about property tax relief.

Residents of other states have income taxes and other levies to gripe about. Texas state government relies on sales taxes for the biggest share of its revenue, while school districts, cities, counties and other local governments depend on property taxes. That dependence makes increases in property taxes a political matter that reaches the halls of state government — lawmakers who do not set property tax rates.

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