Texas could freeze property taxes in cities that defund police, governor warns
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned cities that defund their police departments that the state will freeze their property taxes, a move meant to deter cities from shrinking police budgets.
(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced plans to freeze property taxes in cities that vote to defund their police departments. The state is particularly dependent on property taxes for revenue, so the move could be stifling.
“Any city that defunds police departments will have its property tax revenue frozen at the current level,” Abbott said this week. “They will never be able to increase property tax revenue again if they defund police.”
His announcement came one week after Austin city officials voted to cut the Austin Police Department budget by a third and funnel those funds into social services.