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Chamber program targets public education, property taxes

October 3, 2018

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Relations Division will host a presentation on “Public Education and Property Taxes” on Monday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land.

Guest speaker Mike Collier started his career at Exxon, but then moved to PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He served in the audit practice for 10 years, eventually becoming a top aide to the PwC World chairman. Most recently, he served in Houston as a PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner for 10 years before he retired. He is running for lieutenant governor this fall on the Democratic Party ticket.

Since March 2018, the Fort Bend Chamber has extended an invitation to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his representatives to speak at this event, or on another date. The chamber has been unable to confirm a date. The invitation remains open.

Looking at the public education and property tax situation in Texas is complicated. Officials from the Texas Education Agency gave a preview to 2019 budget numbers. They expect property values to rise 6.9 percent per year over the next two years. As the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey says, “Their takeaway gives a new meaning to takeaway: That means local property taxpayers will be paying billions more for public schools, and the state will spend billions less than it would otherwise as a result.” The locals say the state is funding its budget with the school’s money. Is that how school finance works? Learn more at this session.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Division provides chamber members with access to local and state government officials which offers the business community an opportunity for input on these issues. Visit www.FortBendChamber.com for information.

Registration is open. Event Presenting Sponsorship: $800, includes reserved seating for six, recognition during the event, and logo recognition on all printed and digital marketing materials. Member Reservation: $25. Prospective Members Reservation and onsite admission: $35. Lunch Included. Register at www.FortBendChamber.com or contact Matthew Ferraro at Matthew@fortbendcc.org or 281-491-0277.

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