Press Release

STATEMENT: HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Passage of Legislation to Provide Direct Relief to Texas Homeowners

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Texas House passed a joint resolution to increase the homestead exemption — which is a homeowner’s exemption from ad valorem taxes for school finance purposes — from $25,000 to $40,000. 

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response:

“Texas House Democrats have been fighting for an increase in the homestead exemption for decades. While Republicans pushed for property tax rate cuts that largely benefit corporations, we have championed legislation that puts money directly into Texas homeowners’ pockets.

“Today, our longstanding efforts pay off under SJR 2. We are grateful our Republican colleagues have joined us to provide meaningful property tax relief to Texas homeowners.”

Below is a noncomprehensive list of Texas House Democrats’ recent efforts to increase the homestead exemption.

  • 2021: 87(3) HJR 14 (Zwiener)
  • 2021: 87(2) HJR 6 (Zwiener)
  • 2021: 87(2) HJR 7 (Zwiener)
  • 2019: 86(R) HJR 137 (Romero)
  • 2017: 85(R) HJR 32 (Raymond)
  • 2017: 85(R) HJR 75 (Raymond)
  • 2015: 84(R) HJR 30 (M. Martinez)
  • 2015: 84(R) HJR 18 (S. Turner)
  • 2013: 83(R) HJR 56 (M. Martinez)
  • 2011: 82(R) HJR 21 (M. Martinez)
  • 2011: 82(R) HJR 68 (Hopson)
  • 2009: 81(R) HJR 11 (Leibowitz)
  • 2009: 81(R) HJR 18 (M. Martinez)
  • 2009: 81(R) HJR 41 (Hopson)
  • 2009: 81(R) HJR 45 (Herrero)
  • 2007: 80(R) HJR 42 (Herrero)
  • 2007: 80(R) HJR 55 (Leibowitz)
  • 2007: 80(R) HJR 65 (Hopson)
  • 2007: 80(R) HJR 66 (Hopson)
  • 2006: 79(3) HJR 17 (Hopson)
  • 2006: 79(3) HJR 27 (A. Martinez)
  • 2006: 79(3) HJR 30 (Leibowitz)
  • 2006: 79(3) HJR 32 (A. Edwards)
  • 2005: 79(R) HB 2 – Amendment 2 (Hochberg)