POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:02pm
Texas school funding took a real hit in the last legislature.
And the problem is going to come up again in 2013.
they have been holding hearings this week on how to fund our schools.
And some folks have been thinking outside the box.
It’s a problem that dates back to the creation of independent school districts in our state.
How do we raise the money needed for public education?
We have settled on property taxes.
But property taxes vary wildly and will go up and down with the real estate market.
And some cities are property tax poor.
So starting in the 1990’s, we tried what was called Robin Hood.
Rich districts give some of their income to poorer ones.
That created resentment and incredible complication.
Robert Duncan of Lubbock proposes a statewide property tax.
But former Senator Talmadge Heflin has, he thinks, a better idea. Eliminate the property tax altogether and raise the sales tax rate.
These are among the ideas being floated in Austin.
But if school property taxes are replaced, can voters be assured the tax will go away?