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THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 8, ISSUE 7 | MARCH12-APRIL 8, 2019

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Legislative agenda Changing Texas’ property tax system is one of the Legislature’s primary objectives in the 86th legislative session. While attempting to reform this system, legislators also plan to address the state’s home appraisal process and funding for public education.

reform attempts

Bills addressing property tax reform were proposed in the state’s 85th legislative session, but failed to pass. NOV. 29, 2016 Senate Bill 2 pro- posed a rollback rate of 5 percent. JAN. 10, 2017 85th legislative session begins. MAY 29, 2017 Legislative session ends with the House refusing to vote on SB 2. JULY 18, 2017 Special session be- gins; SB 1 is filed, proposing a 4 percent rollback rate. JULY 19, 2017 House Bill 4 is filed, proposing a rollback rate of 6 percent.

FIXINGSCHOOL FINANCE

PROPERTY TAX REFORM

APPRAISAL CHANGES

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The Texas Commission on Public School Finance identified changes to the school finance system, such as increasing the state share of funding.

Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, authored SB 657, which proposes lowering the appraisal value cap of a home from 10 percent to 3 or 5 percent annually.

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston,

authored Senate Bill 2 to propose lowering the cap on annual property tax revenue increases by two-thirds.

AUG. 15, 2017 Special session ends with neither SB 1 nor HB 4 passing.

SOURCES:SEN.BRANDONCREIGHTON,R-CONROE;SEN.PAUL BETTENCOURT,R-HOUSTON/COMMUNITY IMPACTNEWSPAPER

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Events and things to do

State legislators seek to curb property tax increases The Woodlands area officials say rising appraisal values place burdens on homeowners BY BEN THOMPSON

Greg Abbott declared property tax an emergency item in February, and dozens of related bills have been filed in their wake. However, officials with local tax- ing entities, such as The Woodlands Township, say they are already man- aging annual tax increases

many local entities that could be affected by the proposals. The twin bills propose to lower the cap for local entities’ annual tax revenue growth from 8 percent to 2.5 percent and to improve efficiency and transparency in the tax system. The proposals were fast-tracked for debate in both chambers after Gov.

Property tax reform has been a top priority for Texas lawmakers from the start of the 86th legislative session. The early filing of identical, wide-reaching bills in the House and Senate in January—Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2—sparked debate on the topic and earned pushback from

31 DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS Construction updates

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The number of responses to suicides or attempted suicides has been rising in The Woodlands since 2013. SUICIDES A GROWING CONCERN

Area groups mobilize to offer support, prevention Officials: Reported suicide attempts, safety checks spike in TheWoodlands BY ANDREWCHRISTMAN With reported suicide and attempted suicide rates increasing in Montgomery County and throughout the state of Texas, local officials are examining strategies to combat the rising numbers. In the area patrolled by Montgomery County and Harris County law enforcement officers in The Woodlands, the num- ber of reported suicides or suicide attempts has grown from 25 in 2016 to 115 in 2018, according to statistics provided to The Woodlands Township from Montgomery County Sheriff’s office in its annual report. CONTINUED ON 56

Local health care offerings increase

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*Includes data from Montgomery and Harris Counties.

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SOURCE:MONTGOMERYCOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE/ COMMUNITY IMPACTNEWSPAPER

Mary’z Mediterranean Cuisine

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