Hays County Commissioners Court Finalizes FY 2018
Budget, Tax Rate
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has approved an FY 2018 budget of approximately $371 million and set the tax rate at $.4450 per $100 valuation, lowering it from 2017’s $.4600. By law, the tax rate must be set by September 30.
The majority of the increase from the prior year’s $179 million budget comes from voter approved bonds, including $100 million for public safety facilities, $25 million for road improvement bonds, and the final issue of pass-through road bond funds of $38 million.
The budget raises more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by $4,491,342, of which $3,312,952 is from new property added to the tax rolls in one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. The Court noted that County taxes are only part of any property owner’s overall tax bill since other jurisdictions – such as cities, schools and special districts – set their own tax rates.
The budget also includes $2.9 million for 43 new fulltime positions and personnel changes, $1 million for radio communications infrastructure; $1 million for flood mitigation projects, $850,000 for emergency services and law enforcement technology, and $500,000 for jail improvements and repairs.
While elected officials will not receive a salary increase, all eligible employees, including elected officials, will receive a longevity stipend per County policy. A three percent merit pool has been budgeted for employees who are not part of the collective bargaining agreement for law enforcement, to be allocated based on performance evaluations. A total of $147,000 is budgeted for law enforcement positions that are included in the collective bargaining agreement.
Once finalized, financial documents will be available for review online at www.co.hays.tx.us (Financial Transparency icon). A copy of the budget is also available at the County Auditor’s Office in the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos 78666.