Texas Appraisal Panel Moves Closer to Recommendations

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Voter approval for increased spending and a higher sales tax are ideas being discussed to rein in runaway growth in Texas property appraisals.

Governor Rick Perry's Task Force on Appraisal Reform held its final meeting Tuesday in Austin.

Members are expected to craft recommendations to limit the amount of money Texas counties and cities can squeeze from homeowners -- while still providing basic services.

A key property tax rate was significantly lowered earlier this year.

But The Associated Press reports many Texans saw higher bills because local appraisal districts attached higher taxable values to their homes.

Perry has promised to address so-called "appraisal creep" in the next legislative session, which starts January ninth.

Task force chairman Tom Pauken says they'll report to the Legislature and state leaders by year's end.