Efforts by state lawmakers to rein in the use of public facility corporations, which provide lucrative tax breaks to developers building mixed-income apartment complexes, have remained under the radar at the Texas Legislature, with battles over voting and gun rights dominating the headlines.
A growing number of advocates are demanding that the City of San Antonio stop using property tax exemptions to build housing, while Texas lawmakers have a similar debate in Austin.
This year’s taxes are supposed to be based on commercial, industrial and residential property values at the beginning of the year. In some places hit hard by Covid-19 in the last two or three months, those values were higher then than they are today.
The upper chamber passed a bill Wednesday that would add several restrictions on the popular, but controversial, machines. The measure would require scooter renters to be at least 16 years old and it would prohibit more than one person from riding at a time.