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House Committee on Ways and Means - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
René O. Oliveira, Chair
Brian McCall, Vice Chair
Dennis Bonnen
Tom Craddick
Yvonne Davis
Will Hartnett
Talmadge Heflin
Paul Hilbert
Jim Keffer
Tom Ramsay
Debbie Riddle
Allan Ritter
Charges
• Review the laws and procedures governing appeals of appraised values for property tax purposes. Consider whether a low-cost alternative to district court would be beneficial in disputes involving small amounts of money. Also review the process by which the Comptroller of Public Accounts reviews and adjusts the values assigned by appraisal districts, including possible hardships on local taxing jurisdictions when adjustments are made.

• Review the dedicated uses of the additional municipal sales and use tax, sales and use taxes imposed under Chapters 451-453 of the Transportation Code, sales and use taxes for special purpose taxing authorities, county sales and use taxes, county health services sales and use tax, and county sales and use tax for landfill and criminal detention centers, and municipal and county hotel occupancy taxes. Assess the impact such taxes have on the ability of communities to respond to changes in demand for and use of governmental services.

• Continue to study the economic impact of Internet commerce on state and local tax revenues, and monitor federal legislation and action relating to Internet taxation, including state participation in multi-state efforts to simplify the administration of sales and use taxes.

• Review the effects of franchise tax credits authorized by SB 441, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and evaluate their success in achieving legislative goals.

• Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.

Note:
Paul Hilbert (Member) died 10/29/2001. Debbie Riddle (Member) appointed 5/17/2002.

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