Brazos County Commissioners Court Approves Proposed 2022 Tax Rate
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — Residents of Brazos County could find themselves with a slightly reduced tax rate for 2022.
The Brazos County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to approve the proposed 2022 tax rate. The proposed tax rate was reduced from $0.49 to $0.48 in a three-to-two vote . Russ Ford, Brazos County Commissioner, District 2, and Steve Aldrich, County Commissioner, District 1, voted against the proposed new rate.
During the meeting, Ford asked the Court of Commissioners to consider a “no new income rate” which he said would be a nice gesture for the citizens of Brazos County after assessments were increased by twenty per cent. hundred.
“I believe the $0.44 rate would not in fact represent any new homeowner payments by county ratepayers, but we are unwilling to negotiate,” Ford said. “It’s a penny drop in the rate, but as the assessments have gone up, I think every ratepayer, every homeowner will pay $150 to $200 more.”
Aldrich said the proposed tax rate will generate $7 million in additional revenue over what is needed to run the proposed budget.
“That means they’re going to ask for additional revenue, but there’s no purpose listed for where that revenue will be used,” Aldrich said. “There are taxes and expenses, this extra, unreserved, unrestricted fund balance will be taxed and not spent which I cannot vote for.”
Judge Duane Peters said the increased taxpayer money will cover much-needed projects and road construction the county has fallen behind on during the pandemic.
“I felt like it was pretty myopic to cut the tax rate by $0.07 or $0.08 because we’re going to need that money,” Peters said. “We continue to have projects to do, we continue to have roads to do, so for me it was not prudent to reduce the tax rate to the point that in the next two or three years we will be going having trouble trying to keep up.
Peters said he believes the Court of Commissioners made the right call in approving the 2022 rate, saying it allowed the county to provide residents with ‘essential services’ such as roads and law enforcement. law.
“If you look at the average house that’s about $350,000, that’s going to add about $10 a month to your county commissioner‘s tax bill, so it’s going to be about $115 to $120 a year. “Peters said. “We all know inflation started and if that was all we depended on, that part of the tax, we probably couldn’t keep up.”
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