Bryan City Councilman Fears Property Tax Hike

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A city councilman believes people who live in Bryan could see a property tax hike.

College Station's sales tax revenue has gone up, but the city of Bryan isn't following the trend.

"Briarcrest is our primary tax payer avenue, and it's choked up with that Briarcrest bridge, and we have to make it easier for people to get in here or they just go to College Station," said Mike Southerland, a Bryan city councilman.

We pulled numbers from the state comptrollers office. For fiscal year 2009-2010, Bryan saw an increase of sales tax revenue by nearly 7%, but for 2010-2011, the city saw a decrease of nearly 3% which is about $400,000.

If this trend continues, Southerland says the city might have to raise property taxes.

When asked what the city is doing, Southerland said," Nothing right now."

Southerland has a mission to figure out what is causing the downward spiral.

We went to Bryan city spokesman Allen Bruggman who spoke with the city's chief financial officer.

"If the city council decides to purchase a study or go after a study to see if business can be improved in someway, that's definitely an option that they have," said Bruggman.

That option isn't currently being explored.

The city's fiscal year is from October to September. We obtained copies of the most current sales tax revenue reported for this fiscal year. In October and November, the city actual saw an increase in the amount of money collected for sales taxes.

"Right now based on numbers that we have for fiscal year 2012, there is no way to pinpoint if this is a trend, whether there needs to be any changes. Property taxes is probably the last thing we would look at," said Bruggman.

The city says they will continue to monitor the monthly sales tax revenue reports.

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