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Texas Tax Reform Commission to Hold Hearings in San Antonio, Houston

AUSTIN – The Texas Tax Reform Commission will meet Monday, March 6, in San Antonio and Wednesday, March 8, in Houston to gather recommendations on how to reform the state tax structure.

The hearings are part of a series of public hearings the commission is holding across the state to gather input from Texans on how to modernize the tax structure and reduce property taxes. The public is invited to participate.

The 24-member, bi-partisan commission was created by Gov. Rick Perry in September 2005. It is chaired by former Texas comptroller John Sharp. Since the commission’s creation, 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 our 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 the best business climate in America.”

Details of the San Antonio and Houston meetings are as follows:

Monday, March 6

- 10:00 a.m. – San Antonio
- Texas Tax Reform Commission to hold public hearing.
- San Antonio City Council Chamber
- Municipal Plaza Building
- 103 Main Plaza
- San Antonio, Texas 78205

Wednesday, March 8

- 10:00 a.m. – Houston
- Texas Tax Reform Commission to hold public hearing.
- Texas Southern University
- Roderick R. Paige Education Building
- Auditorium 2nd Floor
- 3100 Cleburne St.
- Houston, TX 77004