Tax rolls now up to $1.7 billion

Increase equates to $106.3M

Melissa Federspill

Staff Writer

According to the 2019 certified tax rolls published by the Uvalde County Appraisal District, Uvalde County’s total freeze-adjusted taxable value spiked to $1.7 billion, marking a $106.3 million increase over last year’s certified rolls.

With the release of the new values, the 13 taxing entities in the district now have a better perspective for setting budgets and tax rates.

Of the taxing entities, six are school districts, including Uvalde, Knippa, Leakey, Nueces Canyon, Sabinal and Utopia public school districts. Local funding for schools is generated by an maintenance and operations tax levied on local taxable values.

The other taxing entities include Uvalde County, Uvalde County Road and Flodd, City of Uvalde, City of Sabinal, Southwest Texas Junior College, Utopia and Vanderpool Emergency Service District and Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District.

According to the Texas state comptroller’s office, each local taxing unit in the appraisal district sets tax rates and collects property taxes based on those appraised values after various deductions and limitations are applied.

The following tax values are freeze-adjusted tax values, where applicable, for Uvalde County that have been approved by the appraisal review board as of July 24, and were obtained from the district’s website.

Texas allows for local governments to opt into or out of the freeze program, where property tax increases are barred for certain eligible individuals, as published by the national conference of state legislatures.

School Districts

For 2019, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s freeze-adjusted maintenance and operations net taxable amount now tops $1 billion, with this year’s $34 million increase over the 2018 value of $987.3 million.

Knippa ISD’s freeze-adjusted taxable value rose by $2 million to $82.7 million, up from 2018’s $80.7 million.

Leakey ISD saw a jump in their freeze-adjusted net taxable value to $29.4 million, a $9.5 million expansion from last year’s $19.9 million.

At Nueces Canyon, their 2019 freeze-adjusted approved taxable amount is now topping $52.4 million, with a $2.8 million increase from last year’s value of $49.6 million.

Sabinal ISD also saw a substantial increase, with an additional $52.8 million added to their freeze-adjusted taxable amount, for a new total of $375.8 million, up from $322.9 million in 2018.

Utopia ISD saw a bump of $5.6 million, for a new freeze-adjusted taxable value of $75.3 million, up from $69.6 million in 2018.

Uvalde County

The county of Uvalde’s freeze-adjusted taxable value grew to $1.7 billion for 2019, an increase of $106 million from the $1.6 billion certified valuation in 2018.

The Uvalde County Road and Flood freeze-adjusted taxable value grew by $106.4 million to $1.7 billion, as compared to last year’s $1.6 billion.

Cities of Uvalde, Sabinal

The city of Uvalde’s freeze-adjusted taxable amount surpassed $603.5 million, due to a $13.7 million increase over last year’s $589.8 million.

The city of Sabinal taxable values saw a marginal increase, with an additional $3.1 million added to last year’s $44.7 million, a 2019 net taxable amount of $47.9 million.

Junior College, Others

With an $88.8 million increase, SWTJC’s freeze-adjusted taxable value is now $1.8 billion, up from last year’s value of $1.7 billion.

The Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District taxable value grew from $106.7 million to $1.9 billion as compared to last year’s $1.8 billion.

Utopia and Vanderpool Emergency Service District’s net taxable amount grew to $94.7 million, marking a $7.5 million increase from last year’s $87.1 million.

The 2019 certified totals are subject to change given the properties that are still under ARB review. According to Uvalde County Appraisal District chief appraiser Roberto Valdez, the appraisal district still has 150 accounts under ARB review with taxable value topping $20.7 million.

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