Goodness. I never thought I’d see taxpayers win this one.
One of my biggest complaints about promoting a cap on home appraisals was about my opposition, like the Texas Association of Counties or the Texas Municipal League. They use *my* tax dollars to keep *my* taxes high. It was absolutely unfair.
A judge this week saw it the same way. It’s illegal to use tax dollars to lobby the state legislature.
A Williamson County judge has ruled that the Texas Association of Counties cannot organize lobbying campaigns funded by taxpayer dollars.
The decision, handed down by state District Judge Ken Anderson was the result of a lawsuit filed against Williamson County and the association by three members of the Americans for Prosperity of Texas. The suit claims that state law prohibits counties from using tax revenue to join organizations that lobby the Legislature.
Peggy Venable, the Texas director of Americans for Prosperity said â€œThis is an enormous victory for taxpayersâ€. â€œThe judge read the law like we did, and (the association) was in flagrant violation of that law over a long period of time.â€
Goodness. Taxpayers win one? What a nice change.