Hurricane Ike survivors testify at House Ways and Means

Shelly Batten and Tina Colunga drove up from Galveston yesterday to testify on HB 835.  HB 835, by Representative Eiland, (and it’s aptly numbered companion, SB 835, by Senator Lucio,) say that homes provided through a government disaster recovery program are not considered newly valued improvements if they replace or repair a substandard home.  This addresses the problem of low- and moderate- income families that found they cannot afford the increased property taxes on their homes after they were rebuilt following hurricane Ike.

Here’s a video of their testimony, plus additional comments by Emily Rickers of the Alliance for Texas Families:

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