Today, the Legislature will begin meeting in special session, and I will continue my efforts to increase accountability to local voters – like I did with the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

Among the issues being considered are property tax reform.  Property tax reform is absolutely necessary to protect Texas homeowners from appraisal abuse.  This has been my goal since my first session and will continue to be one of my top priorities, because we must ensure that Texans are not taxed our of their homes. 

During this special session, I am filing legislation to reform county appraisal districts – replacing appointed boards and bureaucrats with elected officials so that appraisal districts are responsible to the taxpayers, not the tax collectors.  This legislation will:

  • Make the Chief Appraiser position of the county an elected position.
  • Make the members of the Appraisal Review Board elected positions.
  • Make the members of the Appraisal District Board of Directors elected positions.

Allowing citizens to elect their local taxing officials is one of the most direct ways to keep local government spending in check and allow citizens to control their local tax bills.

This special session presents several opportunities to achieve conservative priorities, and you can keep up with our progress by following me on Twitter, Facebook or by regular email updates.

I look forward to hearing from as you as we work together towards achieving our goals.

God Bless you, your family and the Great State of Texas!


Will Metcalf

State Representative HD-16

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  1. justalocal

    Strauss isn’t the problem! The extreme revisionists are; constantly wasting our taxpayer dollars on frivolous things that do NOTHING for the voters on this state.

  2. TG

    Property tax reform is dead until Joe Strauss is gone as Speaker or somebody puts the fear into him by politely explaining how that bill and every other conservative sponsored bill needs to pass the House.

  3. Vidorian

    I don’t know if we can trust any of these jokers in Austin. Seems to me that with email, facetime, android camera time, skype, The Facebook and the good old telephone, we would be better off not sending these reps to a feel good convention. I say let them stay in the area they were elected to represent. Don’t let the corruption, that is Austin, sway their votes.
    Something has to be done about the property taxes. Mine went up 110K dollars this past year. Still waiting for my ARB letter to come in the mail. I think we need to keep them in Austin till they come up with a cut. Abbott says he’ll call them into another session if they don’t pass something, but we all know the poverty pimps will run and hide like they did a few years ago. If they do, I hope Abbott sends the Texas Rangers after every last one of them and hauls them back to Austin.
    Dan Patricks plan for a penny added to the sales tax, sounds good to me. That would almost eliminate the School tax completely. Now I know they’ll find a way to tax us more, but at this rate, I’ll never retire. I’ll be paying 10k dollars a year in property tax.
    Old King George had the same plan and it cost him the new world.
    You want to get things under control, start with the spending. You cut off the ability to spend and it’s amazing how people find a way to survive. It’s always easy to spend money, when someone else is providing the funds.
    Do your best for us Mr. Metcalf. I don’t know you, but knock the dust off your boots at the Travis county line before you head back this way.

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