Brazos County Commissioners Court approves 2022 proposed tax rate

Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 11:08 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Brazos County residents may wind up with a slightly reduced tax rate for 2022.

The Brazos County Commissioners Court voted to approve the 2022 proposed tax rate on Tuesday. The proposed tax rate was reduced from $0.49 to $0.48 in a three-to-two vote. Russ Ford, Brazos County Commissioner Precinct 2, and Steve Aldrich, County Commissioner Precinct 1, voted against the new proposed rate.

During the meeting, Ford asked the commissioners’ court to consider a “no new revenue rate” which he said would be a nice gesture to Brazos County citizens after appraisals were raised twenty percent.

“I think the $0.44 rate would actually represent no new payment by homeowners by taxpayers in the county, but we’re unwilling to negotiate,” Ford said. “It’s a penny decrease in the rate, but because the appraisals have gone up I think each taxpayer, each homeowner will pay $150 to $200 more.”

Aldrich said the proposed tax rate will generate $7 million more revenue than what’s required to execute the proposed budget.

“It means they’re going to be asking for additional revenue, but there’s no enumerated purpose for where that revenue will be used,” Aldrich said. “There’s tax and spend, that additional, unreserved, unrestricted fund balance will be taxed and not spent which I can’t vote for.”

Judge Duane Peters said the increased taxpayer dollars will cover much-needed projects and road construction the county fell behind on during the pandemic.

“I felt like it was pretty short-sighted to cut $0.07 or $0.08 out of the tax rate because we’re going to need that money,” Peters said. “We continue to have projects that need to be done, we continue to have roads that need to be done, so to me, it was not prudent to cut the tax rate to the point where in the next two or three years we’re going to be in trouble trying to keep up.”

Peters said he believes the Commissioners’ Court made the right choice approving the 2022 rate, saying it allows the County to provide residents with “essential services” such as roads and law enforcement.

“If you look at the average house which is around $350,000 it’s going to add about $10 a month to your tax bill for the County Commissioner taxes, so that’s going to be around $115 to $120 a year,” Peters said. “We all know inflation has kicked in and if that was all that we were depending on, that portion of the tax, we probably couldn’t keep up.”

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