DeWitt commissioners reset vote on tax rate, budget

Sonny Long

Sept. 17, 2013 at 4:17 a.m.

CUERO - The DeWitt County Commissioners Court has reset the date to vote on approval of the proposed 2013 property tax rate and 2013-14 budget.

Because of an administrative error, the court held a third public hearing on the proposals Tuesday and set the date for a final vote for 9 a.m. Sept. 27.

No members of the public addressed the court during the public hearing.

"There was a miscalculation of the effective tax rate," said County Judge Daryl Fowler.

"Unfortunately, the information that was inputted into the software program was either erroneous, or the calculation was. So we had to readvertise and hold another public hearing.

"Although that doesn't have any bearing on what the proposed rate is, just for transparency sake, we're redoing it," said Fowler.

The proposed tax rate of 46.937 cents per $100 in property valuation is less than the current rate of 50.203 cents per $100.

Of the proposed rate, 44.919 cents is for maintenance and operation, and 2.018 cents is for debt service.

Taxes on a $100,000 home would decrease by $32.66, a 6.5 percent decrease from the previous tax bill. Changes in appraised value will also effect the final tax bill.

DeWitt County has $5.4 billion in taxable property value.

Including frozen homestead taxes, about $26 million in revenue is expected to be generated by the proposed tax rate.



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