Annexation Bill Part of Special Session

By Pilar Arias

Author of Senate Bill 715, also known as the Texas Annexation Right-to-Vote Act, Donna Campbell is excited it will be given a second look by lawmakers this summer.

SB 715 is among 19 items announced by Gov. Greg Abbott to be included in a special session that starts July 18.

“It means that there is a protection before big cities can grab your land to increase their tax revenue base and so it’s a win for property owners,” Campbell said.

During the regular session the bill was filibustered by Sen. Jose Menendez. Campbell said his intention was to defend big cities.

Campbell said the bill makes local governments more accountable and limits their appetites to tax, spend and expand with no end in sight. Some of the biggest supporters of the bill include people living along I-10 and Camp Bullis, one of the areas the city of San Antonio has expressed interest in annexing.

The senator even responded to claims by the city of San Antonio’s Director of Government and Public Affairs Jeff Coyle’s comments to Trey Ware last week that supporters of the bill use city services.

“That is a false narrative in order to get more taxation from people outside the city,” Campbell said.

Campbell previously wrote a letter to Abbott asking the annexation bill be included in a special session.

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