By BARBARA GREEN
District 68 State Representative Drew Springer talked with a large group of Bowie High School students this week as he made a town hall sweep around North Texas.
The Muenster Republican traveled to Graham, Jacksboro, Bowie and Nocona on Tuesday for a series of town hall meetings. In Bowie he met with the retired teachers’ group and then with seniors, juniors and social studies students.
Springer is finishing up his third term and runs unopposed for his fourth term. House District 68 spans 22 counties. There are about 165,000 people within the district.
He serves as vice chairman of the county affairs committee and is a member of the economic stabilization fund balance select committee, redistricting and ways and means committees.
The 86th Legislature meets in 2019 for its biennium session of 140 days. Springer said he anticipates the topics of property tax, school safety and recovery from Hurricane Harvey will lead the discussion.
A perennial topic, property taxes always rises to the top of the debate, especially in the area of school finance. He said as property values go up faster than the population of a district, so locals are paying more and the state paying less.
“We are looking to rebalance that with talk about compressing that to possibly 75 cents or less. There also is talk of a consumption tax,” explained Springer.
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