The Chronicle‘s Austin bureau chief during the week and Sunday partisan editorialist let the secret out in today’s column on the Perry/Sharp tax plan:
Coming soon to a bank account near and dear to you! Extra money!
Well, let us not get as carried away as our Republican leaders in Austin, but with a little luck the special legislative session now under way may actually reduce your school property taxes.
Don’t plan to buy that extra car just yet, though, and if you are a smoker, you are probably going to be much farther behind than you are now, thanks to the extra $1 per pack that lawmakers are slapping on the cigarette tax to help pay for the tradeoff.
Homeowners will save money, at least initially, if the Legislature cuts school operating taxes by the one-third that Gov. Rick Perry is seeking. But the bottom-line savings for most taxpayers