O'Rourke right about property tax going up under Abbott, but governor's role is indirect
O'Rourke's right that estimated revenue collected through local property taxes increased by about $20 billion from 2015, when Gov. Greg Abbott first took office, to 2021.
However, the governor's impact on property taxes is indirect because property taxes are set locally in Texas. The governor and state legislature can change the rules on propety taxes and have supported propety tax reform to mitigate the increases in property taxes that's matching rising property values.