Guillen announces Atascosa Co. tax cut

Rep. Ryan Guillen

Rep. Ryan Guillen

AUSTIN – Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) recently announced an estimated 10% cut in the school property tax rate, providing immediate relief to Atascosa County taxpayers.

“Property taxes are growing out of reach for many Texans and they’re causing families to lose their hard earned property,” explained Guillen. “Homeownership is vital to our economy and to the American dream, and this tax cut will provide real relief to those taxpayers.”

Currently, tax payers are suffering. As local property values have risen, the state share of school funding has decreased. Under this new legislation, the state must increase their share of school funding, allowing for a cut in school property taxes.

Specifically, school property tax rates will be reduced in Pleasanton ISD, Poteet ISD, Lytle ISD, Jourdanton ISD, and Charlotte ISD by an estimated 11 cents (9.4%) per $100 of a home’s value in 2020 and a further 1 cent in 2021, reducing it by an estimated total of 10.26%. For the owner of a $100,000 home, that would amount to a decrease of about $110 in 2020 and another $10 in 2021, for a total of about $120 per year after 2021.

The reduction amount is generated by taking the 2018 tax rate and reducing it by applying the state compression percentage of 93 percent, meaning school property taxes across the state will decrease by a minimum of 7 cents.

“We must continue to find ways to provide Texas families with real property tax relief and help keep homeownership and the American dream alive in Texas,” said Guillen.

Every year, millions of Texans are fighting increases in the appraised value of their homes, and without state intervention their taxes will continue to rise. That’s why Guillen believes this legislation is extremely important to provide assistance to lower those rates and allow Texas families the chance to thrive amongst rising appraisal values. With a long history of fighting for property tax relief in Texas, Guillen will continue to make real property tax relief a top priority in the

ServingTexas legislature. ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “oneperson assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative. guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

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