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)

NameEntity
Hamill, Joe American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Mayfield, Kara Arcit
Casaday, Kenneth Austin Police Association
Romero, Andrew Austin Police Association
Marquardt, Anthony Austin Travis County EMS Association
Mendenhall, Nathan Bexar County Fire Marshals office
Huckaby, Clay Buda Fire Department
Lavine, Dick Center for Public Policy Priorities
Gonzalez, Ernest Cities of Eagle Pass and San Diego
Miller, Jared City of Amarillo
Drain, Eddie City of Amarillo
Solis, Eddie City of Arlington
Adler, Steve City of Austin
Van Eeno, Ed City of Austin
Crum, Ben City of Balcones Heights
De Leon, Suzanne City of Balcones Heights
Harris, David City of Balcones Heights
Jahanara, John City of Balcones Heights
Ward, Brock City of Balcones Heights
Grimes, Bryan City of Ballinger
Acevedo, Julie City of Baytown
Matzen, Tom City of Bee Cave, Councilman
Kostelich, Blu City of Bridgeport
McEachern, Jesica City of Bridgeport
Stanford, Steve City of Bridgeport
Maynard, Jackie City of Bryan
Mantey, Ricky City of Bryan Fire Department
Riley, Jeremy City of Bryan Fire Department
Cordell, Billy City of Burleson
Freeman, Ken City of Burleson
Shetter, Ken City of Burleson
Mooney, Karl City of College Station
Hunt, Karen City of Coppell
Tagliabue, Tom City of Corpus Christi
Holmes, Anna City of Dallas
Walker, Kwame City of Dallas
McCowan, Curtistene City of DeSoto
Cuellar, Guadalupe City of El Paso
Patterson, TJ City of Fort Worth
Price, Betsy City of Fort Worth
Bruce, John City of Frisco
Huffman, Shona City of Frisco
Maso, Maher City of Frisco
Piland, Mark City of Frisco
Hill, Henry City of Frisco
Brezina, Benjamin City of Frisco
Bakko, Sally City of Galveston
Athas, Douglas City of Garland
Lee, Mark City of Garland Fire Department
Sullivan, John City of Georgetown
Hulett, Nin City of Granbury
Martinez, Christy City of Grand Prairie Police Department
Spencer, Sharron City of Grapevine
Bark, Jerry City of Harker Heights
Bark, Jerry City of Harker Heights
Sims, Paul City of Harker Heights
Bracco, Lance City of Hewitt
Miles, Adam City of Hewitt
Kelly, Bill City of Houston, Mayor's Office
Caruthers, Clay City of Hurst
Fulton, Clayton City of Hurst
Moore, Steve City of Hurst
Kitchens, Larry City of Hurst
Lamas, Luis City of Ingleside, Mayor
Conley, Victor City of Irving
Hillman, Chris City of Irving
Weist, Jon City of Irving
Spivey, Jeff City of Irving
Ayala, Joe City of Jacinto, Police Dept.
Calvin, Taylor City of Laredo
Kuenstler, Kelly City of Leon Valley
Riley, Chris City of Leon Valley
Valdez, Luis City of Leon Valley and Alamo Area Fire Chiefs Association
Cimics, Ed City of Live Oak
Dennis, Mary City of Live Oak
Everett, Christopher City of Live Oak
Hopper, Gary City of Live Oak
Wayman, Scott City of Live Oak
Floyd, Robert City of Lubbock, City of Lufkin
Aaron, Tracy City of Mansfield
Chandler, Clayton City of Mansfield
Smolinski, Joe City of Mansfield
Phillis, Peter City of Mansfield
Hale, Angela City of McKinney
Kerns, Donald City of Menard
Cato, Charles City of Mesquite
Pickett, Stan City of Mesquite
Kerby, Mark City of Mesquite
Wyatt, Jerry City of Missouri City
LaRosiliere, Harry City of Plano
McCarley, James City of Plano
Pirozzo, Danny City of Plano
Youngkin, Brandi City of Plano
Solomon, Mark City of Richardson
Lang, Susan City of Richmond
Johnson, Gary City of Roanoke
Campbell, Scott City of Roanoke
Whittaker, Chris City of Rockdale
Acevedo, Julie City of Round Rock
Funderburk, Brian City of Rowlett
Brodnax, Mike City of Rowlett
Elliott, Troy City of San Antonio
Brandon, James City of Southlake
Hill, Laura City of Southlake
Jackson, Sharen City of Southlake
Ortowski, Alison City of Southlake
Starr, Michael City of Southlake
Adame, Juan City of Sugar Land
Brown, Jennifer City of Sugar Land
Ramirez, Rick City of Sugar Land
Myers, Brynn City of Temple
Barnard, Traci City of Temple
Perez, Joe City of The Colony
Shallenburger, Brant City of The Colony
Thompson, Scott City of The Colony
Nystrom, Ashley City of Waco
Wood, Robert City of West Lake Hills
Smith, Aaron City of Whitehouse, City Manager
Borel, Dennis Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Smith, Arianna Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Jones, Chris Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Poteat, Jennifer Community College Association of Texas Trustees
Hamlin, Marc County & District Clerks' Association of Texas
Roberts, Cary County & District Clerks' Association of Texas
Allison, Jim County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Pape, Paul County of Bastrop
Burrows, Jon County of Bell
Shannon, Melissa County of Bexar, Commissioners Court
Oakley, James County of Burnet
Dominguez, Alex County of Cameron
Underwood, Byron County of Cherokee
Brinkley, Jason County of Cooke
Reed, Charles County of Dallas, Commissioners Court
Daniel, Theresa County of Dallas, Commissioners Court
Horn, Mary County of Denton
Hardgrove, Wallace County of El Paso
Dion, Edward County of El Paso and Texas Association of County Auditors
Hebert, Robert County of Fort Bend
Clark, Ken County of Galveston
Davenport, Mitchell County of Jack
Arnold, Eddie County of Jefferson
Harmon, Roger County of Johnson
Wood, Bruce County of Kaufman
Agnew, Murray County of Limestone
Jones, Patti County of Lubbock
McCay, Bill County of Lubbock
Pardue, Craig County of Midland
Bradford, Mike County of Midland
Langford, Bob County of Montague
Murphey, Mark County of Montague
Neal, Samuel County of Nueces
Bailey, Dennis County of Rockwall
Finley, Trace County of San Patricio, Commissioners Court
Henderson, Jennifer County of Schleicher
Mendez, Mark County of Tarrant
Whitley, Glen County of Tarrant
Floyd, Steve County of Tom Green
Riley, Nicki County of Travis County
Rio, Jessica County of Travis County
Suits, Stacy County of Travis County
Daugherty, Gerald County of Travis, Commissioners Court
Eckstein, Deece County of Travis, Commissioners Court
Worsham, Grover County of Trinity
Gossom, Woodrow County of Wichita
Akin, Lane County of Wise
Shaw, Monte County of Wise
Burns, Kevin County of Wise
Frazier, Frederick Dallas Police Association
Cook, David Fort Worth Police Officers Association/CLEAT
Hale, Angela Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Devlin, James Hewitt Police Department / City of Hewitt
Anderson, Jessica Houston Police Department
Gutierrez, Bobby Justices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Gravell, Bill Justices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Pantel, Jama Justices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Lopez, Carlos Justices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Montgomery, Phil Justices of the Peace and Constables Assocation of Texas
Salvaggio, Joseph Leon Valley Police Department
Bondurant, Barry Mansfield Fire Rescue
Hale, Angela McKinney Chamber of Commerce
Campbell, Drew North Texas Commission
Campos, Lorena San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Hood, Charles San Antonio Fire Department
Jones, James San Antonio Police Department
McManus, William San Antonio Police Department
Bailey, Richard Self
Coats, Ladonna Self
DePalma, Rich Self
DeWitt, Jim Self
Elfant, Bruce Self
Green, Joseph Self
Henderson, Jennifer Self
Hitt, Greg Self
Holmes, Sylvia Self
Hunt, Taylor Self
Mayfield, Jeff Self
Yevich, Elizabeth Self
O'Connor, T. Michael Sheriff's Assocation of Texas
Roark, Mark Sheriff's Assocation of Texas
Scaman, Ricky Sheriff's Assocation of Texas
Harmon, Micah Sheriff's Assocation of Texas
Louderback, AJ Sheriff's Assocation of Texas
Capers, Greg Sheriff's Assocation of Texas, County of San Jacinto
Milligan, Maureen Teaching hospitals of texas
Burrows, Katie Temple College
Lara, Rene Texas AFL-CIO
Johnson, Steven Texas Association of Community Colleges
Reed, Ender Texas Association of Counties
Sugg, Paul Texas Association of Counties
Lee, Donald Texas Conference of Urban Counties
Mincy, Jeffrey Texas EMS Alliance
Wait, Dudley Texas EMS Alliance and City of Schertz
Wilkes, Betty Texas Fire Chiefs Association
Neely-Lopez, Christina Texas Fire Marshals' Association
Henley, Terry Texas Municipal League
McPherson, Hollly Texas Municipal League
McBeath, Don Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals
McLaughlin, James Texas Police Chiefs Association
Carlton, John Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts
Avery, Clay Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts
Deshields, Glenn Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
Harris, Dwight Texas AFT
Garrett, Ro'Vin The Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas
Johnson, Noel TMPA Texas Municipal Police Association
Greaser, Eric Town of Flower Mound
Abbott, Robert Travis County Emergency Services District No. 6 / Lake Travis Fire Rescue
Torgrimson, Peter Travis County ESD 4
Cannata, John TSA
Henderson, Gary United Way of Denton County
Smith, Andrew University 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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