The council took a unanimous record vote to leave the tax rate at $0.4940 per $100 valuation for the new fiscal year. The rate consists of $0.3500 for maintenance and operations and $0.1440 for interest and sinking.
Strategic Budget Officer Tim McRoberts said while there may not be a change to the rate, higher property values mean the average homeowner in the city will pay 12 percent more in property taxes.
The average homestead taxable value in the city increased from $192,510 in 2021 to $215,591 this year.
McRoberts said there are 1,380 “Over 65” homesteads who have their taxes frozen, with an appraised value of $263,261,973. There are 40 accounts frozen for disabled persons, totaling $5,136,618 in appraised value.
The proposed tax rate is higher than the no-new-revenue rate of $0.3966, but lower than the voter-approval rate of $0.5416.
The rate is scheduled for adoption at the council’s meetings on September 1st and September 15th.
In other items, the council:
- Held an executive session to discuss retaining litigation counsel in relation to Aviators Plus, LLC v. City of Brenham; Cause No. 37896; 21st Judicial District Court; Washington County. Aviators Plus serves as the Brenham Municipal Airport’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO).
- Approved an expansion to the city’s interlocal agreement with Brenham ISD to provide for a fifth school resource officer.
- Approved a resolution selecting Strand Associates to complete project implementation for the American Rescue Plan Act funding by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, or other federal or state agency.
- Approved an ordinance to amend a division of city ordinance related to industrial wastewater discharge standards and pretreatment. After a review of the ordinance, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requested the ordinance be amended to delete the phrase “and is incorporated into the city’s TPDES (Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit.”
- Granted a specific use permit to allow a day care use at 1200 South Austin Street.
- Granted a city-led request to change the zoning around Brenham ISD’s Pride Academy on South Market Street, as well as the Brenham ISD bus barn and the former site of Brenham Bible Church on East Sixth Street, from R-1 single-family use and/or R-2 mixed residential use to B-1 mixed residential and local business use.