Quintero Talks Large Property Tax Increases, Political Risks [INTERVIEW]
On Thursday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, James Quintero, policy director for the Government for the People campaign at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, joined the broadcast to talk about local government, revenue and taxes during the coronavirus crisis.
Quintero addressed the buzz surrounding possible efforts to bypass, under emergency provisions in Texas law, the 3.5 percent limit on property tax revenue allowed to be collected by local governments without voter approval.
About a dispute earlier in the week in the city of Dallas, Quintero said,
You're starting to see some of that thought creep into your various local officials' mind, and that was very evident in the Dallas City Council fight last night. This was not even a close fight last night. Dallas isn't exactly a bastion of conservative thought, but even that city council was overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of simply looking at an eight percent increase because they were going to incur some serious political damage. If fact, the vote was twelve to three last night, so it just goes to show you how incredibly unpopular even thinking about going down this road is.
Listen to the entire interview with James Quintero in the video above.
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