My friend Lewis Rosen is ether misinformed or deliberately stating facts that are not true to help re-elect the incumbent Wayne Faircloth ("Devil's in details of Middleton's campaign talk," The Daily News, Feb. 19). Middleton is not, and never has been, trying to eliminate or even limit local property taxes. What Middleton supports is giving the local voters some say in how much the entities want to increase their property tax rate.
During the last legislative special session, a revised Senate Bill 1 was introduced to the House, which would have given some control over how much politicians can increase local tax rates. It was the major property tax reform bill that would have required a voter approval of property tax increases.
Faircloth joined all the Democrats in the house to kill this bill. Taxpayer funds of cities were used to lobby against it by the Texas Municipal League and others including Galveston. Faircloth was not even endorsed by his own Republican Party.
Middleton is also totally opposed to a state income tax in any form. That is why he never mentioned it as stated by Rosen.
It’s not surprising that many of Faircloth's supporters are people who have or have had a hand in spending these tax dollars and special interests.