County hears tax rate grievances

Real estate agent, CPA lob complaints at county officials

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Two Uvalde County residents on Monday expressed frustration with the county’s proposed tax rate of 73.59 cents per $100 valuation during a public hearing held in the course of a 10 a.m. meeting of Uvalde County Commissioners.

The tax rate is set to be adopted on Sept. 24. The current tax rate is 74.09 cents per $100 valuation. The next scheduled public hearing on the tax rate is Sept. 10.

Sherman Mumme, a local certified public accountant, sought relief from what he referred to as the continuous increase in tax rates established by not only the county, but the city of Uvalde and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

“My property taxes have increased 39 percent in three years. I am just asking for some relief,” Mumme said. “We’ve all heard the story about the frog in the cooking pot. You turn the heat up high and the frog jumps right out. You turn it up little by little and it cooks. We are the frogs and we are getting cooked.”

The city of Uvalde’s proposed tax rate for 2018-2019 is 69.99 cents per $100 valuation, with its current rate totaling 78.40 cents, while UCISD’s new tax rate is $1.27 per $100 valuation, compared to the current rate of $1.32. Southwest Texas Junior College’s current rate is 16.52 cents for every $100 valuation of property, while the current tax rate for Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District is 1.2 cents per $100 valuation.


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