|Over recent years, virtually all Democrats, but also some Republican officials like Tarrant Judge Glen Whitely, have made the case that the failure of Austin leaders to adequately fund public schools is driving up local property taxes. Following the release of a recent state study, it’s no longer a matter of political debate or finger-pointing.|
An official report prepared for the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB) demonstrates that over the past decade, cuts in state spending for our children’s schools has caused local property taxes to go up. The report’s findings confirm that Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott and other state leaders – all Republicans since 2003 – have abandoned their constitutional responsibility to assure quality education for Texas kids and shifted it onto the backs of local businesses and homeowners.
The Texas Tribune detailed the report’s findings in a news report yesterday. The coverage includes a chart that tracks what local, state and federal taxpayers have been contributing to public education in Texas over the past decade. The chart shows that while the raw total of education spending has risen, it has failed to keep pace with inflation and a dramatic increase in student enrollment. Meanwhile, inadequate state funding has forced local property taxpayers to pay $10 billion more in school taxes, and that has still failed to cover the cost of education, as per pupil funding has dropped dramatically over the past decade.
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