Commissioners approved a no-new-revenue tax rate of $0.299562 per $100 valuation during this afternoon's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court with a vote of 4-0. It was noted that this rate has not increased from last year, and is the same property tax rate from the 2019-2020 budget year. Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised that even though the tax rate has not changed, the county will see a slight increase in property tax revenue as a result of a few new properties that have been added to the books.
It should be noted that since there is no proposed change to the tax rate, there will be no public hearing on the matter. There will, however, be a public hearing for the 2020-21 budget that will be scheduled for Monday, August 24th at 5:30 PM at the Howard County Courthouse.
Annual contracts with West Texas Centers were also approved by Commissioners. They also accepted a donation of $2,000 from SM Energy for the Howard County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of vests.
It should be noted that Oscar Garcia, Commissioner for Precinct 1, was not present for the meeting.