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Relating to an authorization to increase the sales and use tax
collected in an advanced transportation district of a metropolitan
rapid transit authority.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3258 would allow the board of a metropolitan rapid transit authority to order an election to increase the advanced transportation district's sales and use tax by any rate that is an increment of one-eighth of 1% not to exceed one-half of 1%. The bill would additionally provide for a petitioning process by which voters could trigger the election. Lastly, the bill would raise the maximum sales and use tax rate in the districts from 2% to 2.5%.
We oppose HB 3258 because it allows a tax increase on individuals in an advanced transportation district. Texas taxpayers are already nickle-and-dimed to an extraordinary degree by a combination of taxes and fees and are in need of tax relief rather than tax increases. For these reasons we oppose HB 3258.