It's not a tax rate increase, but if you own property in Nueces County, you can expect to pay more taxes.
Nueces County Commissioners call it a tax revenue increase, and the reason behind that can be blamed on property values -- they have gone up.
"We do not want your property values to go down. We, of course, don't want them to go up too high," Commissioner Oscar Ortiz said. "We want to have a value where people can thrive and grow at a sustainable rate, and I think this is what we've accomplished with this budget."
Last year, the average price of a home was just over $96,000, but because property values went up, the average price is now just over $105,000. That means we will all be paying about 34 cents per $100 valuation, or just under $19 more in property taxes than last year.
While this all means about a seven-percent increase in tax monies going to the county coffers, County Commissioner Mike Pusley said there was a drop in the rate by about one penny.
"We're lowering our tax rate, but the County, because valuations went up, is going to see the benefit from increased revenues from those same tax rates," Commissioner Mike Pusley said. "So from a lower tax rate, we're going to enjoy additional revenues. Now, the important thing is, what do you do with those revenues?"
Several elected county officials will also be enjoying a pay increase. Among them is the county judge, whose salary will jump from $89,000 to close to $92,000.
The county sheriff will see an increase from just over $80,000 to more than $82,000. Precinct 3 County Commissioner Oscar Ortiz will see a bump from a little more than $75,000 to just over $77,000; and several county constables and employees from the Justice of the Peace will also be seeing pay increases.
Commissioners are set to hold another public hearing on the proposed tax revenue issue next Monday, with a vote on the budget expected Sept. 4.
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