CASE Event Recap
Fall 2011 Breakfast
Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector Deborah Hunt addressed the CASE membership.

County Tax Assessor-Collector Gives CASE Members Valuable Update.

It was a busy legislative session. That was the message from Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector Deborah Hunt as she addressed the CASE membership at the Fall Breakfast. "You could have found me down there (at the Capitol) every Tuesday," Hunt said.

Hunt began by addressing the general political landscape and the climate for future legislative sessions. In the coming session, "the Republicans won't need any help at all from the Democrats to pass legislation," Hunt noted. Hunt discussed the fiscal concerns facing the state and noted the virulent anti-tax and fee feeling in the Legislature. "Anything that had a fiscal note (didn't pass)," Hunt said. Hunt stated that she thought a small increase to the fee for motor vehicle registrations would have been acceptable and thus enacted, and was surprised to see the measure fail. "We have some of the lowest rates in the country," Hunt noted, while mentioning that a five-dollar increase would have added to the State's coffers.

Hunt noted that property values in Central Texas had remained fairly stable and then discussed the recent push for transparency for governmental entities. Hunt discussed the need for revenue sources at the State level. Hunt discussed the procedure for enacting a state income tax, noting, "It's sudden death for a politician to even say those words." Hunt informed the members that school finance would continue to be a major issue given recent budget shortfalls.

Hunt then reviewed individual passed bills that could affect area districts. Ms. Hunt then concluded her presentation by discussing issues pertaining to electronic property tax statements, veteran's exemptions for property tax, historical tax rate reporting, and potential constitutional amendments that could affect area districts.

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