Tax Survey Committee - 40th R.S. (1927)

Committee Members

Public members

  • O. B. Colquitt, Chair
  • John G. Willacy, Chair
  • Jim Callan
  • Arthur P. Duggan
  • John M. Henderson
  • J. A. Kemp
  • Dr. E. T. Miller
  • J. M. West


  • Make a careful study of the subject of revenue and taxation with special references to the problems presented in Texas and the comparative burdens borne, and shall investigate and study the systems of raising revenue and administering same in other states. Secure information as to Texas, and as to other such states desired by it, as to the taxable values of said states, the aggregate income of individuals and corporations within each state, the systems of taxation within same, the method of financing the educational and eleemosynary institutions and departments of the government and other information relative to the wealth and resources of each of said states and the methods employed for securing revenue for the maintenance of such institutions and the pro rata and comparative cost of educational and eleemosynary institutions and other departments of government. Recommend, as to legislation, as may be necessary, to secure sufficient funds for a proper and economical administration of the departments of government, educational and eleemosynary institutions and as will, as nearly as possible, fairly and equitably and impartially distribute such burdens against its citizens and their property and make a reality of the constitutional provision that "taxes shall be equal and uniform."


Appointed by Lieutenant Governor 2/14/1927 pursuant to SR 5 by Witt and Price. Appointed by Speaker on 3/16/1927. Appointments by Governor did not require Senate confirmation so appointment date not found. List of members contained in report. Committee elected O.B. Colquitt, chair, and Sen. Edgar E. Witt, vice-chair on 5/9/1927. Colquitt resigned as chair, 1/18/1928 and Committee elected John G. Willacy as chair. Report contains minority report by Colquitt.

House printed a version of the report in its journal. H.J. of Tex., 41st Leg., R.S., 43 (1929)

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