Which Local Politicians Publicly Opposed Property Tax Reform?

Hundreds of city and county officials joined an anti-taxpayer coalition in Austin recently to oppose a critically important property tax reform bill. Among other important provisions, the Senate’s version of the bill (SB 2) would empower taxpayers to vote on excessive property tax hikes imposed by cities and counties.

Under current state law, only school districts must seek voter approval for tax hikes over and above the state limit. Cities and counties do not.

House lawmakers have a simple decision to make—either side with local politicians, government associations, and liberal advocacy groups, or with Texas taxpayers.

Lawmakers should pass the Senate version of SB 2, as the committee substitute passed by the House Ways and Means Committee was a defanged and diluted version that would do little help taxpayers hold local politicians accountable.

Below is a list of all who traveled to Austin to publicly testify or signal their opposition to pro-taxpayer reforms.

Testifying Against SB 2 (Property Tax Reform)

Hamill, JoeAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Mayfield, KaraArcit
Casaday, KennethAustin Police Association
Romero, AndrewAustin Police Association
Marquardt, AnthonyAustin Travis County EMS Association
Mendenhall, NathanBexar County Fire Marshals office
Huckaby, ClayBuda Fire Department
Lavine, DickCenter for Public Policy Priorities
Gonzalez, ErnestCities of Eagle Pass and San Diego
Miller, JaredCity of Amarillo
Miller, JaredCity of Amarillo
Drain, EdCity of Amarillo
Drain, EddieCity of Amarillo
Solis, EddieCity of Arlington
Adler, SteveCity of Austin
Van Eeno, EdCity of Austin
Crum, BenCity of Balcones Heights
De Leon, SuzanneCity of Balcones Heights
Harris, DavidCity of Balcones Heights
Jahanara, JohnCity of Balcones Heights
Ward, BrockCity of Balcones Heights
Grimes, BryanCity of Ballinger
Acevedo, JulieCity of Baytown
Matzen, TomCity of Bee Cave, Councilman
Kostelich, BluCity of Bridgeport
McEachern, JesicaCity of Bridgeport
Stanford, SteveCity of Bridgeport
Maynard, JackieCity of Bryan
Mantey, RickyCity of Bryan Fire Department
Riley, JeremyCity of Bryan Fire Department
Cordell, BillyCity of Burleson
Freeman, KenCity of Burleson
Shetter, KenCity of Burleson
Mooney, KarlCity of College Station
Hunt, KarenCity of Coppell
Tagliabue, TomCity of Corpus Christi
Holmes, AnnaCity of Dallas
Walker, KwameCity of Dallas
McCowan, CurtisteneCity of DeSoto
Cuellar, GuadalupeCity of El Paso
Patterson, TJCity of Fort Worth
Price, BetsyCity of Fort Worth
Bruce, JohnCity of Frisco
Huffman, ShonaCity of Frisco
Maso, MaherCity of Frisco
Piland, MarkCity of Frisco
Hill, HenryCity of Frisco
Brezina, BenjaminCity of Frisco
Bakko, SallyCity of Galveston
Athas, DouglasCity of Garland
Lee, MarkCity of Garland Fire Department
Sullivan, JohnCity of Georgetown
Hulett, NinCity of Granbury
Martinez, ChristyCity of Grand Prairie Police Department
Spencer, SharronCity of Grapevine
Bark, JerryCity of Harker Heights
Bark, JerryCity of Harker Heights
Sims, PaulCity of Harker Heights
Bracco, LanceCity of Hewitt
Miles, AdamCity of Hewitt
Kelly, BillCity of Houston, Mayor's Office
Caruthers, ClayCity of Hurst
Fulton, ClaytonCity of Hurst
Moore, SteveCity of Hurst
Kitchens, LarryCity of Hurst
Lamas, LuisCity of Ingleside, Mayor
Conley, VictorCity of Irving
Hillman, ChrisCity of Irving
Weist, JonCity of Irving
Spivey, JeffCity of Irving
Ayala, JoeCity of Jacinto, Police Dept.
Calvin, TaylorCity of Laredo
Kuenstler, KellyCity of Leon Valley
Riley, ChrisCity of Leon Valley
Valdez, LuisCity of Leon Valley and Alamo Area Fire Chiefs Association
Cimics, EdCity of Live Oak
Dennis, MaryCity of Live Oak
Everett, ChristopherCity of Live Oak
Hopper, GaryCity of Live Oak
Wayman, ScottCity of Live Oak
Floyd, RobertCity of Lubbock, City of Lufkin
Aaron, TracyCity of Mansfield
Chandler, ClaytonCity of Mansfield
Smolinski, JoeCity of Mansfield
Phillis, PeterCity of Mansfield
Hale, AngelaCity of McKinney
Kerns, DonaldCity of Menard
Cato, CharlesCity of Mesquite
Pickett, StanCity of Mesquite
Kerby, MarkCity of Mesquite
Wyatt, JerryCity of Missouri City
LaRosiliere, HarryCity of Plano
McCarley, JamesCity of Plano
Pirozzo, DannyCity of Plano
Youngkin, BrandiCity of Plano
Solomon, MarkCity of Richardson
Lang, SusanCity of Richmond
Johnson, GaryCity of Roanoke
Campbell, ScottCity of Roanoke
Whittaker, ChrisCity of Rockdale
Acevedo, JulieCity of Round Rock
Funderburk, BrianCity of Rowlett
Brodnax, MikeCity of Rowlett
Elliott, TroyCity of San Antonio
Brandon, JamesCity of Southlake
Hill, LauraCity of Southlake
Jackson, SharenCity of Southlake
Ortowski, AlisonCity of Southlake
Starr, MichaelCity of Southlake
Adame, JuanCity of Sugar Land
Brown, JenniferCity of Sugar Land
Ramirez, RickCity of Sugar Land
Myers, BrynnCity of Temple
Barnard, TraciCity of Temple
Perez, JoeCity of The Colony
Shallenburger, BrantCity of The Colony
Thompson, ScottCity of The Colony
Nystrom, AshleyCity of Waco
Wood, RobertCity of West Lake Hills
Smith, AaronCity of Whitehouse, City Manager
Borel, DennisCoalition of Texans with Disabilities
Smith, AriannaCombined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Jones, ChrisCombined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Poteat, JenniferCommunity College Association of Texas Trustees
Hamlin, MarcCounty & District Clerks' Association of Texas
Roberts, CaryCounty & District Clerks' Association of Texas
Allison, JimCounty Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Pape, PaulCounty of Bastrop
Burrows, JonCounty of Bell
Shannon, MelissaCounty of Bexar, Commissioners Court
Oakley, JamesCounty of Burnet
Dominguez, AlexCounty of Cameron
Underwood, ByronCounty of Cherokee
Brinkley, JasonCounty of Cooke
Reed, CharlesCounty of Dallas, Commissioners Court
Daniel, TheresaCounty of Dallas, Commissioners Court
Horn, MaryCounty of Denton
Hardgrove, WallaceCounty of El Paso
Dion, EdwardCounty of El Paso and Texas Association of County Auditors
Hebert, RobertCounty of Fort Bend
Clark, KenCounty of Galveston
Davenport, MitchellCounty of Jack
Arnold, EddieCounty of Jefferson
Harmon, RogerCounty of Johnson
Wood, BruceCounty of Kaufman
Agnew, MurrayCounty of Limestone
Jones, PattiCounty of Lubbock
McCay, BillCounty of Lubbock
Pardue, CraigCounty of Midland
Bradford, MikeCounty of Midland
Langford, BobCounty of Montague
Murphey, MarkCounty of Montague
Neal, SamuelCounty of Nueces
Bailey, DennisCounty of Rockwall
Finley, TraceCounty of San Patricio, Commissioners Court
Henderson, JenniferCounty of Schleicher
Mendez, MarkCounty of Tarrant
Whitley, GlenCounty of Tarrant
Floyd, SteveCounty of Tom Green
Riley, NickiCounty of Travis County
Rio, JessicaCounty of Travis County
Suits, StacyCounty of Travis County
Daugherty, GeraldCounty of Travis, Commissioners Court
Eckstein, DeeceCounty of Travis, Commissioners Court
Worsham, GroverCounty of Trinity
Gossom, WoodrowCounty of Wichita
Akin, LaneCounty of Wise
Shaw, MonteCounty of Wise
Burns, KevinCounty of Wise
Frazier, FrederickDallas Police Association
Cook, DavidFort Worth Police Officers Association/CLEAT
Hale, AngelaFrisco Chamber of Commerce
Devlin, JamesHewitt Police Department / City of Hewitt
Anderson, JessicaHouston Police Department
Gutierrez, BobbyJustices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Gravell, BillJustices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Pantel, JamaJustices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Lopez, CarlosJustices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Montgomery, PhilJustices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Salvaggio, JosephLeon Valley Police Department
Bondurant, BarryMansfield Fire Rescue
Hale, AngelaMcKinney Chamber of Commerce
Campbell, DrewNorth Texas Commission
Campos, LorenaSan Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Hood, CharlesSan Antonio Fire Department
Jones, JamesSan Antonio Police Department
McManus, WilliamSan Antonio Police Department
Bailey, RichardSelf
Coats, LadonnaSelf
DePalma, RichSelf
DeWitt, JimSelf
Elfant, BruceSelf
Green, JosephSelf
Henderson, JenniferSelf
Hitt, GregSelf
Holmes, SylviaSelf
Hunt, TaylorSelf
Mayfield, JeffSelf
Yevich, ElizabethSelf
O'Connor, T. MichaelSheriff's Assocation of Texas
Roark, MarkSheriff's Assocation of Texas
Scaman, RickySheriff's Assocation of Texas
Harmon, MicahSheriff's Assocation of Texas
Louderback, AJSheriff's Assocation of Texas
Capers, GregSheriff's Assocation of Texas, County of San Jacinto
Milligan, MaureenTeaching hospitals of texas
Burrows, KatieTemple College
Lara, ReneTexas AFL-CIO
Johnson, StevenTexas Association of Community Colleges
Reed, EnderTexas Association of Counties
Sugg, PaulTexas Association of Counties
Lee, DonaldTexas Conference of Urban Counties
Mincy, JeffreyTexas EMS Alliance
Wait, DudleyTexas EMS Alliance and City of Schertz
Wilkes, BettyTexas Fire Chiefs Association
Neely-Lopez, ChristinaTexas Fire Marshals' Association
Henley, TerryTexas Municipal League
McPherson, HolllyTexas Municipal League
McBeath, DonTexas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals
McLaughlin, JamesTexas Police Chiefs Association
Carlton, JohnTexas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts
Avery, ClayTexas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts
Deshields, GlennTexas State Association of Fire Fighters
Harris, DwightTexas AFT
Garrett, Ro'VinThe Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas
Johnson, NoelTMPA Texas Municipal Police Association
Greaser, EricTown of Flower Mound
Abbott, RobertTravis County Emergency Services District No. 6 / Lake Travis Fire Rescue
Torgrimson, PeterTravis County ESD 4
Cannata, JohnTSA
Henderson, GaryUnited Way of Denton County
Smith, AndrewUniversity Health System

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Ross Kecseg leads the Metroplex Bureau for Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. He is a native North Texan, raised in Denton County. He studied Economics at Arizona State University with an emphasis on Public Policy and Constitutional history. Since 2008, Ross has been active in grassroots organizing, political campaigns and as an Irving ISD volunteer. He enjoys speaking to liberty-minded groups regarding the strategic effectiveness of state and local engagement. Ross is an avid golfer, automotive enthusiast, and movie/music junkie.

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