House Representative

Elkins, Gary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/23/2008

Craddick Appoints Elkins to the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform

(Austin) - Speaker Tom Craddick (Midland), today, appointed Representative Gary Elkins (Houston) to the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, which will oversee all matters relating to property tax relief and reforming the property appraisal system.



"As vice chair of the House Business and Industry Committee and as a member of the House Local Government Ways and Means Committee, Representative Elkins is a seasoned lawmaker who understands how property taxes and appraisals affect businesses and local governments," Speaker Craddick said. "I look forward to reviewing the ideas brought forth by the committee."



The committee will review the sections of the Texas Constitution and the tax code that limit or authorize limiting the appraised value or increases in the appraised value of property for tax purposes. It may request assistance from any executive branch agency, and it will issue a report to the House of Representatives before the 81st Legislative Session, which may include draft legislation or recommendations for legislation.



"I am honored that Speaker Craddick has appointed me to this select committee," said Representative Elkins. "I consider property tax relief and appraisal reform a major priority and look forward to working toward lowering the tax burden on all Texans."



Representative Elkins is serving his seventh term as the state representative for House District 135. He is also on the House Calendars Committee.



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