Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2008
Contact: 512-463-0104

WILLIAMS TAPPED TO LEAD CHARGE OF PROPERTY APPRAISAL RELIEF

Austin, Texas -- Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden appointed State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) to Chair the Subcommittee on Property Appraisal and Revenue Caps after Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the interim charges Tuesday, January 29th.. This subcommittee will be charged with reviewing the property tax appraisal system and recommending reforms to the next legislature, convening in January of 2009.

Since his election to the Senate in 2002, Senator Williams has been recognized as a leader on appraisal reform, authoring and passing several bills important to Texas taxpayers. In 2005, Senator Williams authored SB 18, a truth in taxation bill requiring all taxing authorities to have public hearings on any increase in taxes, a record vote on any increase, and requiring that all tax bills have a five year detailed history of taxes paid on the property. In the same session, Senator Williams was the senate sponsor of House Bill 2, establishing a Taxpayers Relief Fund to buy down school property taxes. During the last session in 2007, Senator Williams passed an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill which required excess revenue in the upcoming biennium to be dedicated to the same Taxpayers Relief Fund.

"Lt. Governor Dewhurst has made property appraisal reform a priority during the interim of this session, and I am proud he selected me to lead this charge and make property appraisal reform a reality in Texas. I am anxious to begin our hearings and look forward to passing our recommendations into law during the 81st legislative session," said Williams.

Also serving on the committee with Senator Williams will be Senator Kevin Eltiffe (R-Tyler), Senator Robert Deuell (R-Greenville), Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), and Senator Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville). All are members of the Senate Finance Committee.

Meetings of this new subcommittee are set to commence in late spring or early summer.

Senator Williams represents Senate District 4 covering all or portions of Jefferson, Orange, Chambers, Liberty, Harris and Montgomery Counties. Williams serves as Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance, Transportation, Education and the Sub-committee on Higher Education in the Texas Senate.

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