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This year, you will still have 30 days to protest your property taxes, but the starting date comes earlier, April 15. We’ve got stories coming down the pike to get you prepped.
Property taxes remain a huge topic on every homeowner’s mind. When you voted last week (or early), you were asked to respond to some ballot propositions. Twelve were submitted by the State Democratic Executive Committee, ten by the State Republican Executive Committee. You could only vote for the propositions on your party ballot, not both.
Looking at these, you can see the concerns of each party and how very different they are. Both sides touched on housing — the Republicans were strongly united on property tax reform, while the Democrats were united on affordable housing solutions (including high speed internet for all and no discrimination). The Republican ballot proposition has the “bathroom bill” — worded “Should we protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings?” and the Democratic ballot proposition has the complete opposite: “Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, who they love, socioeconomic status, or from where they come?”
90% of voting Republicans supported that phrase, the “bathroom bill”, while only 68% wanted to abolish abortion.
You can sure tell what the hot buttons are right now. The Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, the Democrats want a universal health care system. If you have ever had a political identity crisis, these props will help define the essence of each partly currently, and maybe help you find who you are. Too bad they couldn’t be merged on the ballots: