City nixes proposed tax hike

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Uvalde city manager Vince DiPiazza announced during the special council meeting, held Tuesday at 6 p.m., that the current budget maintains the 2018-2019 rate of 69.99 cents, rather than the initially proposed 2019-2020 rate of 72.68 cents per $100 valuation, which was equal to the rollback rate.

He said the rate represents a slight increase from the effective tax rate of 68.99 cents per $100 valuation, which is the rate needed to generate the same amount of revenue as was raised the previous year.

DiPiazza apologized to council members for the state of the budget, referencing delays exacerbated by the pending retirement of finance director Phillip Conner, who has been helping with the budget from afar as much as possible due to health concerns. Connor will officially step down next month.

Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. expressed concern for generating enough money to maintain street repairs, an ongoing project, as well as gathering funds to add some seal coating to roads.


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