County sets hearing dates for tax rate, budget
By Glenn Rea
DeWitt County held its first of two hearings on a proposed tax rate at its Monday meeting. The next hearing will be Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m. at the courthouse. Also at Monday’s meeting, the court heard an update on a Cuero airport relocation project and plans for better truck traffic through Westhoff.
As the county approaches its deadline on accepting a tax rate and new budget, the court is holding hearings to get public input on the tax rate. The hearings are required because the rate will generate more tax revenue in the coming fiscal year than it did in the current fiscal year.
The proposed tax rate is .46937¢ per $100 of taxable value. That is the same tax rate the county has adopted each year since 2013. According to County Judge Daryl Fowler, the proposed rate would see property owners paying a tax bill of $346.37 on a home valued at $100,000.
In his explanation of proposing the same rate, he said the county has utilize this strategy for the past six years to target close to $92 million for county road repairs and replacement.
Another point Fowler made was that 83% of each tax dollar the county receives comes from oil and gas producing reservoirs.
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