Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 239 Wednesday, a new law to boost government transparency in special taxing districts.
Special taxing districts are typically organized by developers to take advantage of public financing tools to build new subdivisions. Homeowners repay the financing through special taxes assessed by a fresh water supply district, municipal utility district or similar government entity.
The bill was filed by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and had a champion in Paloma Creek resident Ian Grazulis.
The new law requires special taxing districts to make more information about district governance and from district board meetings more readily available, and generally requires the district board to meet either inside the district or within a reasonable distance of the district.
Before the new law, Grazulis and other Paloma Creek residents had to drive to Dallas to attend district board meetings, which were often held in the developer's offices.
The bill takes effect Sept. 1.