RERhotclip — Quintero Lays Out new Annexation Protections for Texas
Texas GOP Platform 2016 Plank 37:
Property Rights- Property ownership and free enterprise, the foundation of our collective wealth, must not be abridged nor denied by government. We support legislation to protect these bedrock rights. Areas of concern are: annexation, eminent domain (including foreign entities), property forfeiture, extraterritorial jurisdiction, seizure for public or private development, natural resources and conservation easements, groundwater and/or mineral rights, nationalization of lands, and the preservation of our 4th Amendment right to privacy. Property owners should be notified of their rights with regard to condemnation, annexation, or easement; and the condemner should be required to petition a court of jurisdiction to show public necessity. Taking of property should result in immediate compensation of fair market value to the owner. These issues should be administered by elected officials accountable to voters.
At the end of Texas Legislative Sessions, session after session, perhaps a handful of planks of the current platform ever become reality. An under-appreciated and under-reported victory from the 2017 85th Legislative Session is the restraints put on the practice of annexation in Texas. It was actually achieved in the 2017 Special Legislative Session – one of the few liberty advancements.
A great tyrannical practice in Texas is the seizing of sovereign municipalities through the power annexation. Like many things in the Texas political ecosystem, it could be surmised that the property grab for taxing authority is at epidemic proportions.
James Quintero is a frequent visitor to RagingElephantsRadio.com. He heads the Center for Local Governance of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. His job is to watch the health of liberty in Texas at the local level. That responsibility is massive and his team at TPPF are the perhaps the best in the state.
Apostle Claver conversed with James a few days before new annexation protections are to go into effect in Texas.
“So, the good news is that on December 1, Senate Bill 6– which was the annexation reform bill that was passed during the special session, which essentially nixed involuntary annexation in your large cities – goes into effect” reported Quintero.
“If you take a look around at the landscape, you see a lot of cities that are running scared right now trying to really ramp up their annexation plans in anticipation of this December 1 deadline. It’s going to be a big, big day. And I think it’s going to change things for the better when it comes to local public finance.”
Listen to this RERhotclip to learn what new rights your community has to can protect itself from urban tyrannical annexation.
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