County Commissioners sets proposed tax rate

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Orange County Commissioners discuss the pros and cons of setting their proposed maximum property tax rate for next year before the new county budget has even been crafted. The Court eventually agreed with Commissioner Robert Viator (far right), and set the proposed tax rate identical to last year’s and the year before.

Court agrees to last year’s tax rate

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court has set the 2019 Proposed Orange County Tax Rate at $0.54200 per $100 valuation. Don’t jump on your soapbox just yet. Although the Texas Legislature makes counties jump through proposed tax-rate hoops, even before those counties have written or finalized a county budgets for the coming year, this setting of a proposed tax rate is not necessarily the actual tax rate for county taxes due next January.

This “Proposed Rate” is the maximum possible tax rate that they could adopt as the actual 2019 Ad Valorem Property Tax Rate, later on during their budget process.

Now the Commissioners’ Court could propose any rate they chose to for next years tax rate including a proposed tax rate above the calculated roll back rate. Since the rollback rate is the sum of the Debt Service tax rate and the Maintenance & Operations tax rate that means the county has a very low rollback rate since it has no debt to service.

 

 

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