Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 3135 (87R)

June 21, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Legislative Statement

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3135 as passed by the Eighty-Seventh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:  

House Bill 3135 would levy special assessments on residential properties and allow the City of Austin to subsequently annex the very improvements paid for by these property owners.  The effect of this bill would be to impose additional costs on property owners for specific improvements, only to see the City annex the improved area without bearing any of the cost.  I signed property-tax reform two years ago to keep local governments from spending outside their means.  House Bill 3135 evades the intent of those reforms and is unacceptable.  

Since the Eighty-Seventh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.  

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 18th day of June, 2021.  

Governor of Texas

View the veto proclamation.