Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released the following statement today:
On Friday the Houston Chronicle pulled down a February 8 news story that falsely reported that I had somehow received an unfair break on my local property taxes. The news report wasn’t true and I am thankful to the publisher of the Chronicle for finally retracting the story and posting a correction saying it was ‘inaccurate’.
In fact, the story should never have been published. My team had told the reporter weeks before the story was published that he had his facts wrong — even on such basic points as how long I had owned my house. Once my office raised questions, a simple call to the Montgomery County Tax Assessor Collector’s Office would have quickly provided the facts, but the reporter never made that call. Instead, he ignored the facts that were provided to him and held onto the story. We have since learned that he has been working on the piece for several months. It is clearly not coincidental that it was published the same week the Senate Property Tax Committee held hearings on Senate Bill 2 — the property tax reform bill.
It is obvious the reporter was trying to damage my effort to pass property tax reform this legislative session. His plan failed. We are moving forward to pass Senate Bill 2, which will limit property tax growth for homeowners and businesses.
To read the retraction click the following link: https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Lt-Gov-Dan-Patrick-s-property-tax-bill-13620372.php
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