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Truth in Floresville Taxation/Guest Editorial




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Jim Miller
September 20, 2011 | 2963 views | 29 comments

A question for taxpayers

I have recently attended the two Public Hearings conducted by the City of Floresville on their proposed property tax rate. The Mayor and city staff continually regurgitated the rhetoric that they are not raising our taxes as the tax rate is not changing. The truth is that property values in the City of Floresville have increased, therefore if the City maintains the same tax rate we will be paying more in property taxes.

The Texas Tax Code is actually written quite well and protects the tax payers for this very issue. The guide published by the Texas Comptroller for taxing entities “2011 Truth-In-Taxation” requires the City of Floresville (or any taxing entity for that matter) to calculate a baseline called the “Effective Tax Rate”.

The Effective Tax Rate is a baseline based upon current property values that would generate the same amount of property taxes that the City of Floresville received last year. So, if property values increased the Effective Tax Rate would be lower than last yearʼs tax rate and if property values decreased the Effective Tax Rate would be higher than last years tax rate. End result, regardless of property values, the Effective Tax Rate would generate the same amount of taxes as the City of Floresville collected last year.

The Texas Tax Code requires the taxing entity to compare their proposed property tax rate to this ʻEffective Tax Rate” and if their proposed property tax rate is higher (i.e. their proposed property tax rate will generate more taxes than the previous year) they must publish this information, hold public hearings and vote to adopt this proposed tax rate.

Well, the City of Floresville did publish two one-quarter page Notices of Public Hearings in the Wilson County News. One on September 7th of this year and the second on September 14th. These notices stated that the effective tax rate is $0.1600 per $100 of taxable value, the baseline tax rate that would generate the same amount in property taxes that the City received last year. These notices also stated that the proposed property tax rate is $0.3227 per $100 of taxable value.

According to these notices the proposed property taxes will be more than double that of last year. In the Public hearings when questioned about these notices both the City Finance Director and Constituent Liaison stated that these notices were correct and without error.

If it is true that these notices were correct, how can a taxing entity more than double the amount of property taxes without recourse from the taxpayers?

If these notices were incorrect, should the City republish the notices, reschedule public hearings and provide to the taxpayers the truth about this proposed tax rate?
 
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Your Opinions and Comments
 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
September 27, 2011 10:03pm
 
 
Where is the truth in Floresville's taxation? Not in its budget!
 
 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
September 27, 2011 8:43am
 
 
SuprF:

Yes, according to City's view of things, they have met the publication and public hearing requirements in Truth in Taxation and will vote to adopt this proposed ... Read More Read More
 
 
SuprF  
Floresville  
September 27, 2011 7:43am
 
 
Is this what the council will be discussing in Thursday's meeting? "C&A to approve levying a property tax rate for the year 2011; directing the tax ... Read More Read More
 
 
newguyntown  
floresville  
September 24, 2011 5:12pm
 
 
MR MILLER, THEN IF AN INJUNCTION COULD BE FILED COULDN'T FOLKS IN THE COMUNITY BAND TOGETHER LIKE A CLASS ACTION TYPE SCENARIO AND FILE SAID INJUNCTION, FOR THAT MATTER, ... Read More Read More
 
 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
September 24, 2011 12:59pm
 
 
NG:

The Truth-in-Taxation requirements passed in 2003 or 2004 by the Texas Legislature are designed to protect the taxpayer with very specific requirement upon the taxing ... Read More Read More
 
 
newguyntown  
floresville  
September 24, 2011 12:33pm
 
 
codeman and mr miller,,, if i understand the communication between you two, while the tax rate is not changing,and the posted tax rate only needs to be posted for operational ... Read More Read More
 
 
Just Me  
Wilson County  
September 23, 2011 3:51pm
 
 
@ Facts Only
I think Elaine is referring to the number right next to the date (It is not highlighted or in bold print). At this time reads 773 views.
 
 
Facts only please  
TX  
September 23, 2011 7:23am
 
 
Elaine K. The point was on depicting how many times the blog is opened/read. Could be hundreds of individuals looking at these entries, but not posting to them.
 
 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 22, 2011 8:41pm
 
 
Facts Only, Please note the page views now posted next to the date of each article. Thanks for the suggestion!
 
 
Facts only please  
TX  
September 22, 2011 6:34am
 
 
Sumthin to say: The newspaper can track how many people open the blogs, they just choose not to report that fact.
 

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