The average homeowner in Hays County can expect to pay about $10 more in county property taxes next year, under a proposed budget that keeps the tax rate steady.
The $150.4 million proposed budget, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is 13.8 percent smaller than last year. It includes pay raises for county employees, money to address overpopulation in the county jail and funds to explore additional water sources for the fast-growing county, said County Auditor Bill Herzog. Proposed cuts include closing the little-used Hays County Civic Center, which was used mostly as a show barn.
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Budget at a glance
Proposed budget: $150.4 million, 13.8 percent decrease from last year
Proposed tax rate: 46.9 cents per $100 valuation, same as last year
Effective tax rate (amount needed to maintain status quo budget): 46 cents per $100 valuation
Impact on average tax bill (average home value $160,285): $10 per year
Major changes: Funds to address jail overcrowding, pay raises, additional water sources, new equipment for Sheriff’s Office, closing civic center
Public hearings: Sept. 3 and 10