County tax rate drops below effective rate

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court approved at its Sept. 26 meeting the budget for the new fiscal year. First, however, the court held a public hearing to allow residents to express their thoughts on the proposed budget. No one attended the meeting to speak at the hearing, however, possibly because the court had held multiple budget work sessions over the previous seven weeks.
Following approval of the budget, the court approved the new tax rate of $0.7724 per $100 of property valuation. County Judge Daniel Burkeen pointed out that the rate was slightly higher than last year but lower than the effective tax rate, which is the tax rate that would produce the same amount of tax levy, or funds, as the previous year.
“It brings in less money than last year,” he said, “which is considered a tax decrease under the state’s definition … this is a 4.07 percent decrease from last year’s budget.”
Before the budget was voted upon, the court discussed the possibility of leasing 12 new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office instead of the eight previously agreed upon, but after an extended discussion, the commissioners agreed to keep the number at eight for just under $100,000.

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