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Eagle Ford: Mixed bag for area tax bills
Budgets and tax rates have been adopted for most of the area’s taxing entities. So what does this mean to the average property owner?
Most taxpayers will see a slight increase in their property tax bills. But this is not the case in all areas.
The average taxpayer in Elmendorf will see a slight decrease in his or her tax bill, as the city council there adopted a budget that is supported by an ad valorem tax rate of 47.7261 per $100 of taxable property value. The new rate, which is slightly less than a half cent lower than last year’s rate, will mean an approximately 4- percent decrease in the average tax bill.
Similarly, the amount of taxes property owners will pay to the Wilson Memorial Hospital District -- which oversees the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville -- will decrease by approximately 10 percent. This is because the district’s board adopted an ad valorem tax rate of 13.31 cents per $100 of assessed property value for the 2013 fiscal year. The new rate is almost 2 cents less than the current rate of 15.22 cents, and it will mean that the average tax bill will be $190.40. This is $28.09 -- or almost 13 percent -- less than the 2012 average tax bill of $218.49.
The rate for the Stockdale Independent School District, however, has risen, as taxpayers there now will pay $1.34 per $100 of taxable value. The adopted rate includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 30 cents for debt service. On the average home, which is valued at $83,128, tax bills will increase by $68.69 and will total $1,113.91.
The chart (in PDF download above) gives a glimpse of the budgets and tax rates for the area’s taxing entities. To calculate a home’s tax bill for each entity, take the home’s taxable value and divide by 100. Then, multiply that total by the tax rate.
For instance, the average taxable value of a residence in the city of Floresville was certified at $101,508 by the Wilson County Appraisal District. A tax bill on that home would total $2,483.46, including:
•$460.14 for county taxes
•$322.59 for city taxes
•$135.10 for taxes to the Wilson Memorial Hospital District
•$1,538.66 for taxes to Floresville ISD
•$9.34 for taxes to the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District
•$17.63 for taxes to the San Antonio River Authority.
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