In a media interview last week, County Judge candidate Frank Leffingwell once again attacked his opponent Bill Gravell for his opposition to an early draft of the House (not SB2) legislation related to property taxes, opposition which was later rescinded in early March by Gravell.
Leffingwell stated “Mr. Gravell joined Democrats by opposing Senate Bill 2, which would have capped how large a percentage tax increases a city can collect at 4%, while conservatives supported it”.
Why is this important you may ask? On July 13, 2017, the Round Rock City Council held a budget workshop where members of Round Rock City Council issued their criticism of Senate Bill 2.
Then, on July 25, 2017, at a Round Rock City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved resolution R-2017-4650 to oppose certain bills in the special session, Senate Bill 2 in particular. Leffingwell not only voted in favor of opposing Senate Bill 2, he SECONDED the motion to issue the resolution.
WHEREAS, Texas Governor Greg Abbot has called a Special Session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18, 2017; and
WHEREAS, the City Council for the City of Round Rock (“City”) requests that the Williamson County delegation oppose certain legislation that is harmful to the City and its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the City Council strongly believes that local issues are best addressed by local duly elected representatives, and not by representatives elected to the state legislature and state-wide office holders; and
WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to authorize the City’s representatives to oppose any legislation that limits the existing authority of the City to govern its own affairs and oppose the imposition of any state mandates that do not provide for a commensurate level of state funding, Now Therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ROUND ROCK, TEXAS,
That the Williamson County delegation be requested to assist the City with the following legislative proposals, and that the Mayor, Councilmembers, City Manager, City Attorney, City staff members, and the City’s legislative representatives be authorized to testify on behalf of the City for or against the following proposals as appropriate:
Property Tax – To oppose any change that reduces local control of the procedures for adopting, assessing, and spending local property tax revenues.
So once again, it has been discovered Leffingwell has not been truthful in his attacks. First it was “junkets” that was proven to be false, then false attacks regarding border security and now this bombshell revelation.
This leaves us to ask; did Leffingwell finally admit to being a Democrat with his quote “Mr. Gravell joined Democrats by opposing Senate Bill 2” or is this just more political rhetoric, false accusations and spin from a politician who claims not to be a politician. One thing for certain, Frank Leffingwell was yet again not truthful with the public about Gravell or his own stance on Senate Bill 2.