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Property tax reduction advocates say taxpayers more empowered

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Advocates for property tax reduction say Texas voters are more empowered than ever, attributing the strength to last session's property Tax Transparency Act.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, hosted a webinar Tuesday, "Out of House and Home". Its focus was the economic effects of high property taxes in metro areas. 

Lubbock State Representative Dustin Burrows, who authored the Act, was a guest. He warns of some local governments trying to use the pandemic as an excuse to raise tax revenue above the normal limit.

"You need to ask questions, you need to be engaged," Burrows said. "This is not about a 'state versus local,' this is about a right that you have that we fought for to make sure that you have, that people are trying to take away from you. And we want you to be engaged and understand what's going on in this battle, and you'll see a lot of attention being paid to this because there's a lot of money at stake -- it's your money."

Local governments are currently working on budgets and setting tax rates. The Transparency Act requires governments to set up websites that make it simple for taxpayers to know, based on proposals, how much more they will pay in taxes next year compared to this year.

For Lubbock County it's

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