The City of Boerne is opposed to proposed SB 2/ HB 2 Property Tax Reform Legislation. The City of Boerne is adamantly opposed to the proposed 2.5 % rollback tax rate cap. The Property Tax Reform Bill will significantly impact the fastest growing cities ability to provide adequate services to keep up with growth. Smaller taxing units which typically charge more in taxes will actually not be affected by this “reform” cap at all. Our City has not raised property taxes in 7 years. However, if this 2.5 rollback cap passes, the City will likely have to start increasing the tax rate every year to make sure the City can keep up with growth.
“Passage of this bill will impact Boerne’s ability to provide essential services to our community. If the City of Boerne is restricted to the 2.5% rollback tax rate amount it will negatively impact this community in a number of ways. For example the cost of hiring and equipping a new police officer position exceeds $80,000, which is about 1% of our existing ad valorem revenue. The city population and related costs of services are growing at a rate that is greater than 6% per year; therefore, it will be extremely challenging to fund essential services, such as public safety, if HB 2 and SB 2 are passed.”— Mayor Mike Schultz
Further explanation as to why we are opposed to the Property Tax Reform Bill SB2/HB2:
Status: The SB2 version has been voted out of committee with changes and is pending in the Senate, the companion HB2 has had a public hearing, but no changes have been made and it remains in the House Ways and Means Committee pending approval to send to the House.