Goliad County proposes increased tax rate and employees' salaries

Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

GOLIAD - Goliad County Commissioners Court is proposing to increase the tax rate and county employees' salaries for the coming year.

With mineral values decreasing, Goliad is proposing a tax rate of 70.67 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is expected to raise the same tax revenue as the current tax rate of 69.84 cents.

For a home valued at $100,000, the tax would be $706 before exemptions, increasing almost $8.

Property taxes in Goliad County have increased by more than 40 percent since 2009, when mineral values in Goliad County dropped off.

The court is also proposing pay increases, including a 3 percent across-the-board raise and bringing some positions up to standard pay scales.

Justices of the Peace Precinct 1 Susan Moore and Precinct 2 Steve Kennedy asked the commissioners for such an increase Monday.

The court voted 4-1 to increase the pay for the justices from $34,000 annually to about $45,000, making their pay equitable with other elected officials.

"They are keeping a lid on things in our community, and they do a fine job. They are just as valuable as the treasurer and any elected officials and should be compensated accordingly," said Rob Baiamonte, Goliad County attorney, as the judges stood before the court waiting for the vote.

The county lost more than $500,000 in tax revenue this fiscal year, when Coleto Creek Power sued the Appraisal District to lower the appraised value of the plant. They cut about $550,000 from the budget that year.

In July, however, Goliad received $3.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Navy to pay for the Goliad Airpark.

County Judge David Bowman said the proposed budget includes $200,000 in the general fund from the airpark settlement to bridge budget gaps.



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