RP60 – Relating to the creation of the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform to accept public input and recommend changes to the property appraisal process.
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
August 21, 2006
WHEREAS, providing tax reform and property tax relief are essential to promoting long-term economic growth and ensuring a stable, long-term source of revenue for essential government services, including public education; and
WHEREAS, the property tax, which is assessed and collected by various local taxing jurisdictions, creates the largest burden on individual taxpayers in Texas; and
WHEREAS, skyrocketing residential appraisals in recent years have raised concerns that certain factors other than market forces have led to artificial increases in appraisals; and
WHEREAS, with rapidly rising appraisals and sharp increases in local tax levies all across Texas, reforms are needed to bring greater fairness to the property tax appraisal system and the property tax burden for all taxpayers; and
WHEREAS, the public should have the opportunity to provide input and comments on these important issues;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:
Creation of Advisory Task Force.The Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform ("Task Force") is hereby created. The Task Force shall examine relevant issues and make recommendations for changes to the appraisal process used to raise property tax revenue for local government services.
The Task Force should seek, consider, and evaluate expert and public testimony on the overall appraisal process as it relates to each of the broad stages of the property tax system: valuing the taxable property; protesting the values; adopting the tax rates; and collecting the taxes ensuring all property is valued in an equal and uniform manner.
Composition and Organization.The Task Force shall consist of members appointed by the Governor. All appointees serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor may designate a member of the Task Force to serve as chair of the Task Force. The Chair may appoint sub-committees to fulfill the purposes of the Task Force. The Chair shall determine the meeting times and places for the Task Force.
Administrative Support.The Office of the Governor and state agencies may provide staff and funding to assist the Task Force as necessary. Counties, cities, school districts, special districts, and any other political subdivisions are strongly encouraged to assist the Task Force in their study and research.
Requests for Public Comment.The Task Force shall devise a fair, efficient, and effective process to gather input from the public throughout the state concerning the purpose and work of the Task Force.
Recommendations and Report.The Task Force shall develop a set of recommendations to improve the current tax appraisal process so that taxpayers are not burdened with tax levies that continue to rise rapidly while providing a long-term, stable source of revenue for essential government services. The Task Force shall submit a full report, including findings and legislative recommendations, to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives prior to the convening of the 80th Texas Legislature on January 9, 2007. Any subsequent work of the Task Force may be addressed in supplementary reports as appropriate.
This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms. Unless extended, this order shall expire on September 1, 2007.
Given under my hand this the 21st day of August, 2006.
Secretary of State
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