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Texas Tax Reform Commission to Hold Hearings in Victoria, Corpus Christi

AUSTIN – The Texas Tax Reform Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Victoria and Corpus Christi to take testimony on recommendations on changes to the state’s tax structure.

The hearings are the first in a series of public hearings the commission will hold across the state to gather input from Texans on their recommendations for modernizing the tax structure and reducing property taxes.

The Commission also is scheduling other public hearings in January.

The 24-member, bi-partisan commission was created by Gov. Rick Perry in September. It is chaired by former Texas comptroller John Sharp. Since then the Texas Supreme Court has ruled the state’s current school property tax structure unconstitutional and has given lawmakers until June 1 to devise a different tax system and lower school property taxes.

The governor has outlined five key principles to guide the commission’s deliberations on tax reforms. Perry said the new tax structure must be fair, broad-based, modern, understandable to taxpayers and competitive with other states “so that Texas can continue to attract jobs by maintaining our reputation for having the best business climate in America.”

Details of the Victoria and Corpus Christi meetings and later meetings of the commission are as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 13

10:00 a.m. – Victoria

5:00 p.m. – Corpus Christi

Monday, Jan. 9

10:00 a.m. - Austin

Wednesday, Jan. 11

11:00 a.m. – El Paso

Wednesday, Jan. 18

10:00 a.m. – Temple

5:00 p.m. – Waco

Monday, Jan. 23

10:00 a.m. – Lubbock

Thursday, Jan. 26

5:00 p.m. – Laredo

Friday, Jan. 27

10:00 a.m. – Valley