County Holds Tax Hike Hearing Tuesday Morning

SAN ANGELO, TX — The Tom Green County Commissioner's Court will host the first of two required public hearings on the proposed FY 2020 property tax rate Tuesday morning.  

State law requires the court to publish the proposed tax rate and hold public hearings on the rate before it is adopted.  "This budget wil raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $3,133,412 or 8.7%, and of that amount $411,425 is a tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year." is the required notice published by Tom Green County Judge Steve Floyd.

The court has approved an estimated budget of $50,784,794 of which $33,481,562 will be raised through property tax.  

The current property tax rate is 54.50 cents per $100 in property value.  

The proposed tax rate is 55.182 cents per $100 in property value.

According to the proposed budget analysis for FY 2020, there is $7,095,347,709 worth of property in Tom Green County.  

The .55182 rate "exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the court before adopting the proposed tax rate."

According to the notice, the current tax rate is .5450 per $100; the effective tax rate is .51039 per $100; and the rollback rate is .55182 per $100.  

The court is proposing a tax rate of .55182 which is the same as the rollback rate, but not exceeding it.  If the court had chosen to exceed the rollback rate, citizens could have petitioned to have a rollback election which would have returned the tax rate to the previous year rate of .5450 per $100 if voters approved the rollback. 

The proposed budget includes a ten percent raise for county employees and a 3.5 percent raise for elected officials.  The ten percent raise for county employees would include a five percent raise in September and a five percent raise in January.   

The tax rate notice says property taxes can be calculated this way:  property tax amount = (rate) x (taxable value of property)/ 100.  

The two public hearings on the proposed tax rate are Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. following the regular meeting of the court and Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Both public hearings will be held in the Commissioner's Court meeting room on the second floor of the Keyes Building at 113 W.  Beauregard.   


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J. L., Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:19

NO MORE raising taxes. They just raised county employees' pay, probably needed but they should of figure out how to pay for it before they come up with the idea to raise taxes. Some of us are getting taxed out of our homes. This is big NO. Either the city or the county has the money for up grading Lake Nasworthy area and it has to be approved though the election process. Everyone knows it for the lake so just get out there and fix it. First , I'd like the dock replaced and place light on it up high go everyone could see at night.

ironic, Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:08

Dateline July 2019: The place: County Commissioners Office The topic: Commissioners meeting- raising taxes on the public without interference..........

Commish 1: "OK people we have a problem, we want the tax hike, and we want lots of money but the people may not like the idea, how do we make it happen with out their input????"

Commish 2: "We firstly go right to the hairy edge of what we can go to, that way we avoid anyone petitioning and us having to stick where we are with the rate. WINNING SOLUTION!"

Commish 1: I am liking the way you are thinking number 2!!!...........We still have to have meetings to let them voice their opinions though, how can we do that with minimal intrusion on our plan to increase the taxes???

Commish 2: "So the people most effected are homeowners, homeowners tend to be workers, workers tend to be at WORK at 9: 30 am on a Tuesday morning, a PERFECT time to have a meeting about taxes and tax hikes, no one can attend, passed ! Oh wait, we have to have two meetings, what do we do there???? We make it at 6:30 pm, most people are either just getting home or on their way home or if we are really lucky still at work, attendance will still be small, not enough to change our decision, BOOM we get the tax hike!"

Commish 1: Now THAT is worthy of 3.5% raise, AND POSSIBLY MORE!..........have a cookie!

I do not care who you are, our commissioners are really good at keeping the populace from having an opinion different from theirs, and ensuring they do not have to justify nada!

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