Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2005
Contact: Dave Nelson
(817) 424-3446

SENATOR NELSON PUTS SUPREME COURT RULING IN PERSPECTIVE

GRAPEVINE -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today commented on the Texas Supreme Court's ruling that property taxes levied by local school districts constitute a statewide property tax, which is prohibited in the Texas Constitution. The court extended the deadline for the Texas Legislature to act on this issue until June 1, 2006.

"The practical effect of today's Supreme Court ruling is two-fold. It takes the option of doing nothing off the table and provides a deadline for property tax reform," Senator Nelson, a former public school teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education, said. "In the larger picture, it affirms what many of us who opposed Robin Hood from the beginning have been saying for a very long time. The current system amounts to a statewide property tax. Now that this issue has been put to rest, it is much more likely that the Legislature will be able to reach consensus on ways to reduce the property tax burden, fairly compensate our teachers and invest in the kind of education system we need to help students succeed."."

Currently the Texas Tax Reform Commission, a 24-member task force led by former Comptroller John Sharp, is conducting public hearings around the state with the goal of making recommendations to the Legislature on property tax reform.

The Supreme Court ruling ruled against the claims of school districts suing the state over issues of equity, efficiency and access to additional resources. For a complete overview of the Supreme Court ruling, visit http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/Historical/112205.asp.

SENATOR JANE NELSON, R-LEWISVILLE, represents District 12, which includes parts of Tarrant and Denton counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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