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Vote on DeWitt budget, tax rate set for Sept. 9

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.


The DeWitt County Commissioners Court will vote on adoption of a new budget at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 in the commissioners courtroom of the DeWitt County courthouse.

The budget includes a proposed tax rate of 46.937 cents per $100 of appraised value.

The current tax rate is 50.203 cents per $100.

At the proposed rate, the owner of a $100,000 home in DeWitt County would see a $32.66 decrease from last year's tax bill.

The average home value in DeWitt County is $49,121, according to the DeWitt County Tax Assessor/Collector's Office.

Changes in a property's appraised value also effect the final tax bill.

The $25 million budget appropriates about $8 million in expenditures in the general fund and more than $17 million in the road and bridge fund.

DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler said the county has also reserved another $1 million for a 10 percent match of anticipated funds from the state in April for transportation projects.

"The award could be $5 million to $8 million. The $1 million is on the high side because an allocation will not be available before the end of the state fiscal year," Fowler said.

The commissioners court held a second public hearing on the budget and tax rate on Monday.

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