Water district considering tax increase

Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District directors are proposing a 2019 tax rate increase of four one-hundredths of a penny, which represents a 3.28 percent hike from 1.22 cents to 1.26 cents per $100 valuation.

Directors are considering a budget of $237,811, down considerably from the $443,539 budget approved last year. The difference relates to legal and professional fees, which were elevated last year due to an ongoing lawsuit.

For property valued at $100,000, the tax rate increase would total 40 cents for a bill of $12.60. For property valued at $150,000, the increase would be 60 cents for a bill of $18.90.

To solicit input from taxpayers, UCUWCD directors will hold a public hearing Monday at 6 p.m. in the McNelly Room of First State Bank of Uvalde.

Directors met Thursday, Aug. 29 to consider finance committee recommendations for the 2019-2020 tax rate and budget. Directors who voted in support of the proposed tax rate include Richard Earnest, Federico Flores, Nick Fohn and Laura Ligocky.


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