No one spoke today during the public hearing over the proposed tax rate increase by the city of Brenham. The city is proposing that the tax rate be increased by one cent to $0.517 per $100 valuation. Property appraisals within the city went up also this year by an average of 6 percent. With the increase in the rate, the average homeowner in the city will pay 7 percent more in property taxes this year.
The city says that the tax increase is necessary to cover various infrastructure projects along with the addition of several part-time positions needed to maintain services.
The second required public hearing on the tax rate increase is scheduled for the September 7th City Council meeting.