Just what I need -more taxes. So the Tx lawmakers are mulling a bill that would help keep property taxes down. In order to do this, they propose to increase the state sales tax. By doing this, Texas would have one of the highest rates in the country and Houston would have the highest local tax in the state.While I have no problem with keeeping property taxes down, it doesnot help me. I dont own a house and cant afford one due to our lousey credit. So it falls upon others to accept the burden and be forced to spend more money for goods and services. It always seems to be the ones who can least afford it who get stuck paying the bills.