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Wilson County keeps 45.33-cent tax rate
Wilson County Commissioners (from left) Ricky Morales, Paul Pfeil, and Albert Gamez Jr. discuss the county’s fiscal year 2013 tax rate with County Judge Marvin Quinney during a Sept. 17 special meeting of the Wilson County Commissioners Court.
The Wilson County Commissioners Court has proposed leaving the county’s ad valorem tax rate of 45.33 cents per $100 of assessed value unchanged. At a Sept. 17 special meeting, the court voted 3-1 in favor of the rate, following a discussion about a proposed one-cent increase.
Commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, and Ricky Morales voted in favor of keeping the current rate, while County Judge Marvin Quinney -- who supported the increased rate -- voted in opposition. The proposed tax rate will be the subject of two public hearings, which are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Monday, Oct. 1.
For the average taxpayer, keeping the 45.33-cent rate could mean an increased tax bill. According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average value of a residence in the county was certified at $142,818, meaning the average tax bill would be $647.39. This is $8.26, or approximately 1.3 percent, higher than last year’s average tax bill of $639.13.
According to interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, going with the lower rate shaves $212,000 in revenue off the anticipated $721,496 increase that would have been realized from the higher rate.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners:
•Set tax rates for the county’s five road districts: Country Acres, Presidents Park, HELROBQ, Wood Valley Acres, and the Oak Hills development.
•Voted to approve an approximately 3-percent across-the-board salary increase for all county elected officials.
•Voted to adopt the 2012-13 budget. The $15,883,193 total budget will be available for public inspection at www.co.wilson.tx.us.
***In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, and Ricky Morales; Wilson County Clerk Eva Martinez, interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., and Library Director Nicki Stohr.
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