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Gov. Perry Praises Lubbock Officials for Cutting Tax Rates, Reining in Spending

Friday, May 28, 2004  •  Press Release

LUBBOCK – Gov. Rick Perry today praised Lubbock officials for their spending restraints and for lowering property taxes last year for city residents.

“The people of Lubbock are some of the most fortunate taxpayers in all of Texas: they have city leadership that protects them from ever-increasing appraisals and higher property tax bills,” Perry said.

“Lubbock city leaders have stood up to the spending lobby and the association that represents them by passing a resolution endorsing important taxpayer protections, and by keeping the lid on property taxes for the people they represent.”

Speaking at a “Truth in Taxation” event with Lubbock Mayor Marc McDougal, Perry said what city officials did last year was “revolutionary” because they lowered property tax rates to correspond with the growth of appraisal increases and new construction so that the city budget would stay level. “It’s called Truth in Taxation, and it is one of the greatest protections the taxpayers of Lubbock have,” Perry added.

Also appearing with the governor and mayor were state Sen. Robert Duncan, state Reps. Carl Isett and Delwin Jones, and members of the Lubbock City Council.

As part of the governor’s Educational Excellence and Taxpayer Protection Plan, Perry has proposed placing a 3 percent appraisal cap on property valuations. He also has proposed a property tax revenue cap that allows for automatic but limited spending growth rather than uncontrolled growth. Perry’s proposed revenue cap also would empower voters to have the final say on property tax increases that exceed the cost of inflation and population growth.

Perry said Lubbock leaders endorsed this concept when they passed a resolution on April 22, showing that revenue caps and appraisal caps will not hamper local government’s ability to provide essential services.

“Most taxpayers don’t assume the cost of government has to go up every year,” Perry said. “The cost of government should not grow faster than Texans’ wages, or in the years to come our fiscal house will collapse of its own weight.”

Perry added that when he calls the legislature back into special session he will work with lawmakers and their ideas on how best to control property appraisals and how to keep property tax increases from pricing people out of their homes.

“I just ask that legislators look at this issue from the perspective of the taxpayer, the Texans who have seen their taxes go up even when their income does not,” Perry said.

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