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Section A: General News


Floresville council proposes 46-percent tax-rate hike


Floresville council proposes 46-percent tax-rate hike
Lt. Chad Clark of the Floresville Police Department (standing) gives a presentation about the department’s need for six new vehicles during an Aug. 15 budget workshop session of the Floresville City Council.


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August 21, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- On the heels of the unveiling of a fiscal year 2014 budget wish list that includes $671,000 in proposed new spending, the Floresville City Council has suggested setting the ad valorem tax rate at 46.33 cents per $100 of taxable property value. The council voted 3-1 in favor of the rate at an Aug. 15 special meeting, which followed a budget workshop.

The Wilson County Appraisal District certified its tax roll in late July. According to its data, the average taxable value for a residential property in Floresville is $101,572.50. Therefore, if the proposed rate is adopted, the average tax bill would be $470.59. Last year, when the average taxable value was $101,508 and the property-tax rate was 31.78 cents per $100 of taxable value, the average tax bill was $322.59 -- meaning that the average taxpayer’s burden could increase by $148.

The current 31.78-cent tax rate includes 14.95 cents for maintenance and operations, with the remaining 16.83 going toward debt service. According to city Comptroller Lara Feagins, an additional $26,467 of revenue is realized with every cent that the maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate is increased. Therefore, the proposed rate would generate $384,300.84.

The proposed rate is 14 cents higher than the rollback rate of 32.33 cents per $100 of taxable value. If the council adopts a tax rate that exceeds the rollback rate, citizens could petition for a special election, which could result in the implementation of the effective rate of 31.57 cents if voters overturn the increase.

Councilman Mario Morones was the dissenting vote, while councilmen Eric Rodriguez, John W. Guerrero, and Sherry Martinez Castillo voted in favor of the proposed rate.

According to Feagins following the meeting, 29.47 cents of the rate would be dedicated to funding maintenance and operations -- day-to-day governmental functions. The remaining 16.86 cents would go toward debt service.

Prior to formally adopting the proposed tax rate -- or a lower rate -- the council will hold two public hearings. They are set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 and Sept. 5.

Also during the Aug. 15 meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of two recommendations from the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission -- approval of a 25-foot residential lot variance at 800 First St., and approval of the final plat for the new Richardson Bros. Chevrolet-Polaris dealership on U.S. 181. For more, see related article page xxA.

In attendance: Floresville Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Eric Rodriguez, John W. Guerrero, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Mario Morones; Interim City Manager Reggie Winters, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Comptroller Lara Feagins, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office, Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes, and Lt. Chad Clark and Sgt. Daria Fowler of the Floresville Police Department.

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7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 27, 2013 9:49pm
 
Be Careful: I am praying LV does not go the same way as Floresville....

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 27, 2013 4:25pm
 
You are right new guy we should focus on the local as the gerrymandering the political elite have set up makes it hard for "us" to influence the national elections. However, voting for a party (Democrat or Republican) ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 27, 2013 4:13pm
 
Be Careful: You miss the point. Don't worry about what is happening in DC...what matters is Wilson County. Now I know you think it is a small town issue, but this is where the tax payers can influence the process the most.

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 27, 2013 3:52pm
 
Well, Prairie,one thing is for sure, the political elite of both the Republicans and Democrats are all about themselves. They past laws to make them and their friends rich exempt themselves from laws that are good for "us" ... More ›

 
Ben Franklin  
Floresville  
August 27, 2013 3:44pm
 
Bob, I thought you were an educated man, but obviously you proved me wrong. The correct spelling for Poor Richard's Almanack is correct as the English language has changed over time so has the spelling, but we don't misspell ... More ›

 
Never going to change  
poth  
August 27, 2013 3:37pm
 
heres one for you see who can match answers to county constables/this constable works all over the county serving papers,this one goes fishing and has a full day of selling things,this one has a double income,this one no one ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 27, 2013 3:26pm
 
Alex, so the Republicans are doing it in small measure and you don't like it? So, you are going to vote for Democrats who are going to destroy it in Grand Fashion? The logic in your thought process is akin to my figure hurts ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 27, 2013 3:16pm
 
Ben Franklin If you want to quote Poor Richard correctly with your pseudo intellectual reprimand of POFPO, you should at least spell 'almanac' correctly! There are several spellings in different languages but 'almanack' ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 27, 2013 1:31pm
 
Alex......Your basic mistake was thinking that there's a dimes' worth of difference between the two.

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
August 27, 2013 1:14pm
 
I have commented here before that I am a lifelong Republican. However, the actions by the Tea Party at the local level has me convinced to vote Democrat in the future.Last year,the Republican controlled Commisioner's Court increased ... More ›

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