TML: The Three Most Serious Threats to Texas Cities
The Texas Municipal League has identified three bills in the final weeks of the legislative session that represent the most serious threats to Texas cities:
• Revenue caps, SB 2 – The bill would impose state limitations on the budgets of every city and county threatening funding for public safety, economic development and transportation while producing no noticeable tax relief for homeowners. The bill has passed the Senate and is pending in the House Ways and Means Committee.
• Ending annexation, SB 715/HB 424 – The bills would effectively end 100 years of municipal annexation in Texas and freeze the current boundaries of cities by giving unincorporated areas the power to veto city annexation plans. SB 715 passed the Senate on April 24, 2017 and HB 424 is pending in the House Calendars Committee.
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