The Washington County Commissioners have voted to keep the 2015 tax rate at 52.11-cents per $100 valuation when they met at their regular Tuesday meeting.
However, due to an increase in property values, the average tax-payer will be paying slightly more this coming year. The effective tax rate, which would bring in the same revenue as the present fiscal year is 49.67-cents per $100 valuation.
According to Washington County Tax Appraiser Willie Dillworth, the average home-owner will be paying nearly $70 more this coming year if the proposed rate is approved.
The average home in Washington County in 2015 is appraised at just over $160,000, which would mean a county tax of $836.19—compared to the current total of $766.88.
The nine-percent increase in property values means the county’s general fund would see an increase of $779,709 over 2014, to just over $10.8-million.
The road and bridge fund would increase $148,624 over 2014 to just over $3.9-million.
The commissioners also scheduled two public hearings on the proposed rate. The first hearing is to held on September 8th at 9am and second one to be held on September 14th at 5:15pm.
Also approved by the commissioners was granting the County Treasurer the authority to invest county funds in the Bank of Brenham. The county money will be have their money go from a .15 percent rate to a 1.35 percent rate.
Brenham Mayor Milton Tate was appointed to serve another term on the Brazos Valley Council of Government Board of Directors. The term is for three years.
The commissioners also proclaim September 2015 as Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and September 25, 2015 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Washington County. Donna Culver, of Adam’s Angels, and the mother of the Adam Culver, whom the ministry was named after, was present to talk about the proclamation and to receive it from the commissioners.
Also issued a proclamation was September 2015 as “Family Mealtime 2015: Making it Fun. Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent Tonya McGonagill said that the initiative began last year as a week- long event, and has now gone state-side. She encouraged all to have more family meals together and to post them on social media with the hashtag #familymealtime.