Washington County Commissioners are expected to approve the 2014-15 tax rate when they meet Tuesday morning.

According to County Judge John Brieden, the county staff is still working on the tax rate which will be high this year.

The current tax rate stands at 32.44-cents per $100 valuation.  However, the county had added control of the Emergency Communications Department.

So, according to Brieden, just as the city’s tax rate must go down—the county’s rate must increase due to the nearly one-million-dollar cost to run emergency communications.

Brieden says while the rate will be higher, it will still be several cents below the rollback rate.  It will, however, exceed the “effective rate” by quite a bit.

Also on Tuesday's agenda, the commissioners will discuss a possible Tax Phase-In for Club Track Holdings for a possible Driving Course at 3780 Wonder Hill Rd, just east of Brenham.

The facility would be used by car clubs for rallies and for educational purposes.  Brieden says some property-owners in the area have expressed concerns and those concerns will be taken into account when the commissioners discuss the project.

Brieden says he’s been assured by Club Track representatives that the decibel level on the driving course will actually be lower than that of Highway-290.

The move has the support of the Brenham Economic Development Foundation.

Washington County Commissioners will meet Tuesday at 9:00 at the County Courthouse.

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