Commissioner Dennis DeWitt made the motion Friday to go forward with the proposed tax rate of $0.44564 per $100 property valuation.
“You see your rollback rate is lower than the rate that was adopted last year,” said Linda Bridge, county tax assessor collector.
Last year, the county leaders adopted a tax rate of $0.460. The tax rate in 2012 was $0.498.
Judge David Silva, during Friday’s meeting, was pleased to offer the tax rate lower than the prior year, praising the departments leaders for keeping expenses and needs in line with the county budget.
He did offer a word of warning to those on the court as they prepared to go back into budget discussions.
“We are going to get $1.057 million of new money,” he said.
“However we did amend the current budget right at half a million dollars. That new money, half of it, is already all gone.”
That money was used to offer raises to jailers. Commissioners increased the salary of jailers about $4,000 from $23K to $27K.
The $500,000 Silva referenced included a payout of compensatory time accumulated by jailers that has occurred over the years.
That leaves the county with only half of the increase left on the books.
“It is new money and we will be able to do some things,” he said.
Those watching the newspaper for legal notices about sales tax will see an easier to read form but it will only be published once.
Bridge said, “Normally in the past, there are three publications. The law changed as of this last legislative session.
It is a one-page notice that will go in the newspaper. This change affects only the county and city if the notice is published before Sept. 1.
“It just states the rate, how you can calculate what your taxes will be on your property and it lists two public hearing dates.”
The two meetings are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, both at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.