According to this article in the El Paso Times our county commissioners are going to propose a property tax rate for this year that actually lowers each homeowner’s tax payment a little bit.
It hasn’t happened yet but we can hope.
We have to wonder why. Could it be that the commissioners are beginning to recognize the feelings of the citizens?
Or is it possible that our new county administrator is saving us money?
The article also predicts that the commissioners will turn down a proposal to increase the property tax rates of two of our emergency services districts. The districts provide fire and ambulance services to some areas of the county. According to the article the districts want to increase their rates by 10 cents per hundred dollars of valuation.
By way of comparison the county tax rate is about 45 cents per hundred. According to the county’s web site emergency services district one had a tax rate of 9.9 cents per hundred last year. A 10 cent increase would more than double their existing rate in one year and bring them to almost half of what the county charges.
These guys evidently have not been listening.
Another possible reason that the commissioners might slow down the tax increases is that our county hospital needs money. While the hospital’s published proposed tax rate for this year will remain the same as last year, we have the issue of the children’s hospital bankruptcy.
County hospital losses also pointed out that they lost $12 million dollars in 2014 without considering any of the children’s hospital issues.
We deserve better