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No increase in county tax rates

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

For the sixth consecutive year, Bandera County residents will see no rise in their taxes.
The proposed ad valorem tax rate for fiscal year 2016-2017 will be $0.6769 per $100 valuation, according to Tax Assessor-Collector Gwenda Tschirhart, PCC, CTOP.
“This is below both the effective and rollback rates,” noted County Judge Richard Evans. He also pointed out that if the proposed rate is below the effective tax rate of $0.7039 per $100 valuation, public hearings are not necessary.
“However, in the interest of transparency, we are scheduling two public hearings to receive comments from the community,” Evans said. The first will be held during a regular meeting of commissioners court at 10 am, Thursday, Sept. 8. A second will take place during a special session, slated for 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 15.
As always, Evans cautioned, “Taxes may be more this year due to an increase in property tax valuations. However, your county taxes have not been raised.”
Additionally, during a regular 10 am meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, commissioners will hold a public hearing on the FY2016-2017 budget. If there are no objections, action will be taken immediately after the hearing to adopt the budget.