Brown County Senior Citizen Tax Freeze

Brown County Senior Citizen Tax Freeze

Some Brown County senior citizens hope to get commissioners to approve a tax freeze.
Going door to door with petitions, some Brown County residents are adding a new issue to the November ballot.

Along with voting for local, county, state and federal offices, voters will have a chance to determine if senior citizens will get a tax freeze. This exemption would place a cap on the value of their homestead property.

Nancy Biler, a Texas Silver Haired Legislature member, is among those who are responsible for adding this to the ballot. 

The struggle is not new and according to Biler, the commissioners previously voted, "not to approve it for Brown County Citizens 65 and up and, or, disabled. So we had the petition and we started our petition drive."

Biler and others went knocking on doors in their neighborhoods asking people if they'd be willing to help the elderly freeze their taxes. But they didn't stop there, they also set up at places like Underwood's and The Heartland Mall to ask people to sign the petition.

To get the issue on the ballot, they only needed 1,155 signatures on their petition, but ended up with over 1,900.

Some wondered what the freeze would cost those under 65 years of age. Biler's response, "well it will cost the other tax payers a cup of Starbucks coffee a year."

In response, one citizen passing by exclaimed, "a cup of Starbucks coffee? Yes, I would."

With other counties already having passed a tax freeze, the elderly in the area hope to see Brown County follow the trend. As Biler notes, "no where has it been on the ballot in Texas and been defeated."
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