Republican lawmakers in Texas are looking to spend millions in property relief funds to give $525 worth of individual checks, but who would receive them?
Because of the pandemic, recovery has been slow and Texas faced pressure to provide some form of property tax relief this year. However, critics say that the proposal is perfectly timed to the November elections.
The checks would arrive no later than Sept. 1 — about a month before voters head to the polls next year for early voting in the November midterm elections.
This specific program would be called the “property tax relief” which would put $525 checks in the mailboxes of some 5.7 million homeowners who claim a homestead exemption — by tapping $3 billion sent to the state under the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill aimed at pandemic relief.
Gov. Greg Abbott added property tax relief to the third special session agenda in September — after primary challenger Don Huffines, a former state senator, blasted Abbott for initially leaving it off the table. Abbott had included it in previous sessions this year, but nothing passed.
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