State law requires certain school districts (known as Chapter 41 districts) to send local property tax dollars to the state through a process called recapture. Because the state has been paying less and less of the cost of education, it increasingly relies on recapture dollars to pay for public education across Texas. Property owners in Chapter 41 districts are paying more and more in local taxes, but their local schools are not benefiting.

What causes recapture to increase?

How has the state’s share of education costs changed over the years?

How much has recapture increased in recent years?

How will recapture payments increase in the future?

The most effective way to reduce recapture is to put more state dollars into public education statewide and increase the state’s share of the cost of education.

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