News and Member Announcements
It’s the time of legislative session when a number of important city issues hang in the balance. Below is list of critical action items that city officials should consider over the next few days. Not every city official cares equally about each issue. So pick one or two that matter most to your city and take action now!
House Bill 1378, passed during the 2015 legislative session, requires every city to annually report various figures related to the city’s amount of debt. A city can satisfy the reporting requirement in one of two ways: (1) compile the requisite debt information in a self-created report that is posted to the city’s website; or (2) complete the state comptroller’s online debt reporting form and either: (a) upload it to the comptroller’s website; or (b) post to the city’s website.
Airbnb’s announcement that it will finally start complying with one part of state tax law failed to mention the company continues to ignore local tax payments to more than 500 Texas cities and its effort to pass a state law wiping out local regulations protecting neighborhoods.
Home rule cities that annex property should contact their legislators now in opposition to Senate Bill 715 (Campbell) and House Bills 299 (Larson), 424 (Huberty), and 2272 (Schofield). Each of the bills was heard in committee this week, one (S.B. 715) was voted out, but they all have one thing in common: they would end municipal annexation by requiring voters in an area to approve the annexation at an election.
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