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Analysis: Texas government’s favorite local tax

State lawmakers will tell you they hate property taxes as much as anyone. But the state itself doesn’t levy the tax — local governments do. And lowering it in a meaningful way would require state officials to raise taxes or cut programs. For them, talking about it is easier than doing something.

An Aerial image of a suburban neighborhood in San Marcos on October 18, 2021.

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