As a supporter of Texas public schools and as a taxpayer, I oppose all school districts giving property tax breaks to major corporations under the state's failed Chapter 313 program. Small businesses and ordinary taxpayers have to foot the bill when companies are given school district tax giveaways. Chapter 313 takes $1 Billion in taxpayer dollars each year and gives it to major oil, gas, energy and manufacturing companies, money which could be going to public schools.
The program was not reauthorized last legislative session due to bi-partisan opposition of legislators, the Texas IAF, and allies. Chapter 313, which will end December of 2022, should not be revived by the legislature, and school districts (governed by elected school board members) should refuse to grant any more of these corporate tax exemptions this year. Since the current program will end in December 2022, there has been a rush of over 500 applications from Major Oil, Gas, Energy and Manufacturing Companies for over $10 Billion in school tax breaks.
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