A special public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 14, of the Hardin County Commissioners discussed the proposed tax rate for FY 2019.
Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel asked the court to consider increasing the tax rate from 0.5762 to 0.5850.
On July 24 the court proposed maintaining the tax rate from the previous three years, but revenues are unable to sustain county operational expenses.
Commissioner Alvin Roberts said the court had done everything it could to save money for the county.
“We are to our bare bones,” he said. “We are starting to flip upside down, and it’s imperative that we maintain our budget.”
The new rate would raise property taxes on a $200,000 home by $17.60 for the 2019 year.
By comparison, the current tax rate on a $200,000 home is $1,152.40, which will increase to $1,170, stated the county judge.
Projected revenues would increase over $270,000, perhaps going a long way to ease budget shortfalls.
The county faces some infrastructure needs and equipment upgrades that will not be met under current estimated revenues.
From bridges to buildings the court described these needs as well-passed due and likely to cost much more if left unimproved.
Hardin County proposed a tax rate of 0.58 in 2004, although rates have been as low as 0.53 in 2009 and as high as 0.59 in 2007.
The next public meeting to address the proposed tax rate will be on Aug. 28, at 9:30 am, the Hardin County Courthouse, in Kountze.