Property tax is nothing less than renting your property from the government. If you don’t pay your property tax, then the state can take your land, so therefore you really don’t own it in the first place, right? Property taxes represent a disincentive to property ownership, and force citizens into commerce. Property taxes in Texas must be abolished and replaced with a consumption tax.
The costs of some services, such as schools, have gone up at an increasing and unsustainable rate. Addressing this problem would go a long way toward alleviating our frustration with property taxation (please review the Schools section). However, property tax itself is an anchor around the necks of all property-owning Texans, and we must seek a better alternative which does not provide a disincentive for Texans to own their piece of Texas.
Another root problem for Texans is that so much money flows up to Washington, only to trickle back down to the states after a dozen agencies take their cut. Waste in Washington is the biggest threat to the pocketbooks of Texans, and the Texas Legislature should take bold steps to “de-fund Washington” and to keep state money in Texas. In the late 18th century, Americans in Boston rebelled over a half-a-cent tax on tea, and today we are paying up to a third of our income to Washington D.C, and getting very little in return. Texas must negotiate a new working relationship with Washington.