Hays County Commissioners Court Proposes Tax Rate, Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and Sets Public Hearings
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday proposed a tax rate of .4690 per $100 of assessed valuation for FY 2015 and a County budget of $157,417,133 and set hearing dates for public comment on both.
The proposed tax rate is the same as for FY 2014, the current tax year, but since more improved property is on the tax rolls, there would be an increase in tax revenue collected of approximately $3,651,827.
The Court proposed a County budget of $157 million, approximately $3.6 million higher than the current FY 2014 budget. The budget includes $225,000 to complete implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch System, $150,000 for continuation of a new jail facility study, $525,000 for 15 new law enforcement vehicles with required equipment as well as funds for upgrading server storage, Wi-Fi for County buildings and video magistration. The budget includes funds for law enforcement personnel raises per the County’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, a four percent cost-of-living raise for elected officials and a four percent merit/market adjustment pool for employee raises. Complete budget information is available by choosing the Financial Transparency icon on the County’s website.
Public hearings on the proposed tax rate are set for Tuesday, September 2 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Commissioners Courtroom in the Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio Street, San Marcos. A public hearing on the County’s proposed budget is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, in the same location. Citizens who sign up at the hearings will be allotted as much as three minutes to address the Court. The hearings will also be livestreamed from the County’s website, www.co.hays.tx.us.