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Floresville officials talk property-tax increase




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August 8, 2012 | 1,893 views | 9 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Residents of Floresville soon may see their tax bills increase as city officials are considering raising the property-tax rate.

The rate hike, which would be less than 8 percent of the city’s current maintenance and operations rate of 16.7 cents per $100 of assessed property value, would be structured to be implemented without being placed before voters.

“The current tax rate of .3227 for the city of Floresville has been that way since 1999,” said Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok. “Without putting it on a ballot, we can only raise the tax up to 8 percent of the maintenance and operations cost. What it boils down to is about a penny per $100 valuation.”

Mayor Daniel Tejada supports the tax increase, calling for increased revenue to cover growth.

“I have been saying for years that we need to increase the revenues for the city,” Tejada said in an interview. “Although the sales-tax revenues are increasing, we are hiring new positions, such as a comptroller and other new employees, to accommodate growth. At some point, our expenses are going to exceed our revenues, then the city’s going to be in real trouble. It is a good thing for us to boast some of the lowest taxes in the state, but at what cost? Expenses -- such as the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the police department -- are going to begin costing increased amounts. This year, the CBA will go up $90,000 to $95,000 and it will increase to $150,000 over the next three years. We have to find ways to start funding that.”

“Sherry [Pollok] said the proposed increase would generate about $30,000 in revenue for the city,” Tejada continued. “Although it isn’t much, it’s a step to start generating revenue.”

Pollok said the increase probably would not be the entire 8 percent.

“We are looking at increasing somewhere under the 8-percent mark,” Pollok said. “We won’t know until we get the numbers from the appraisal district and we can begin calculating, but I do know it will most likely be less than the 8 percent.”
 

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Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
August 9, 2012 2:30pm
 
The City of Floresville cannot sustain their current expenditures, simply because it has gotten itself into debt service for the civic center/community room/ ALBATROSS that it cannot support. And now they want to add more debt ... More ›

 
brite eyes  
flotown  
August 9, 2012 2:05pm
 
I see nothing about perhaps cutting some things - only we need to spend more. Sounds like they are on the Obama wagon. Just pluck more money from the money tree and spend like there is no tomorrow. "Hiring new employees" ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 9, 2012 10:18am
 
When the city of Floresville can't manage the money it already brings in, why do they think the taxpayers would want to give them more? Increasing property-tax rates for this council means nothing, because most people who ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 9, 2012 9:11am
 
They need to double dip in order to pay for sport complex when the FEDC defaults on thier promise as they have in the past. We can't even pay the bill for community center. Why should roads and infrastructure be first priority ... More ›

 
Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
August 9, 2012 8:42am
 
Their statements are misleading. Since 1999 the rate may be the same. by WCAD has aggressively pushed up values so the city DID realize an effective increase in taxes over the successive years. What the city wants to do now ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 9, 2012 6:02am
 
I dont mind a tax raise, but when the folks elected tell you there wont be one, then hold tru to it. But lets all understand this raise wont be going to the Police department or waste water treatment plan that we really need. ... More ›

 
95 percenter  
Wilson County  
August 9, 2012 5:54am
 
Hey, Down Town Resident: Get ready to eat your words. Your beloved mayor and council are getting ready to do exactly as most bloggers have warned you they would - you need to learn one thing - NOTHING IS FREE! When you pay ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
August 8, 2012 12:53pm
 
Hold up, did they say that property taxes would NOT rise? Welcome to the lies of these city officials. MM you are so right. What about all the stuff that we do need in this city. Let me guess, this is going to be their new ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 8, 2012 11:42am
 
Yep, need more money for the essentials, you know, legal fees, parties, plans for the sports complex, auditors to clean up the books, PR firms, you know the necessary items. Perhaps the increased revenue could be put in a trust ... More ›

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