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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG August TAX CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Some tax bills have doubled in 10 years So while the city and county have kept the tax rate about the the tax bills for those properties have climbed to close to before The rising tax bills might be frustrating lor property own ers but it is good news for city and county who count on every penny of their tax rate bringing in as much money as In one penny put into the citys Ten years one penny brought in We appreciate rising values because they make each pen ny more said City Manager Chuck who noted one penny in 2005 is worm While rising values enable governmental entities to keep the overall tax rate the effective tax rate has skyrocket ed along with property According to the states Truth in Taxation the city or county in raised taxes if the value of a penny even if the overall tax rate does not Pinto spends a good portion of the beginning of every budget cycle explaining the delicate balance to city because council members ulti mately have to answer to their He begins his explanation by creating a city with in taxable property and a tax rate of 50 If property values in Pintos city double to the next the effective tax rate drops to 25 The city leaders have raised taxes if they leave the rate at 50 Higher value holds tax rate steady The tax rate in Comal Coun ty has changed very little in the last But when com missioners talk about holding they may not be telling the whole While the rate has changed little since the value of property in Comal and therefore the amount of taxes has nearly In the value of prop erty in the county was just more than Thirteen years the property value has climbed to more man accounting for a three fold increase in actual tax col County commissioners say Comal County has been able to keep its tax rate low through careful fiscal But there is no question that one of the things that has helped keep the rate 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7pm 9m 1pm but ballooned midway through the In the countys property value jumped 12 A year lat the value increased 11 per The countys tax collec tions rose at equal amounts each Much of the growth has come with new development housing near Canyon Lake and around New Braunfels has skyrocketed as thousands of new residents moved to Comal County to get away from the metropolises of Austin and San With each new resident has also come the need for more governmental As more people come roads see more traffic and need more More roads have been built and then given to the county for More residents mean a greater need for law More residents also lead to the need for more courthouse more planning staff and more support per Meeting the demand for new services without rais ing the tax rate is a goal Coun ty Judge Danny Scheel and the commissioners have had for An adopted tax rate applied to the assessed values pro vides funds needed to meet the demands for our servic Precinct 1 Commission er Jack Dawson There have been budgets where the tax rate has decreased because the taxable values increased Property Tax Value Per Billion BJ City of New Brnunfels Comal County 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 sufficiently to meet the needs of the Appreciating market is slowing down The increases in appraised values set by the Comal Appraisal District is a sign of an appreciating market in Comal increased The county does col lect more taxes by virtue of this but Dawson points out me growth also causes more expense in providing Thats not the only he There is generally about a 24month lag between when these folks arrive and require and when appraisals on their properties are assessed and Daw son This increase from growth generally only covers increased services to the new people and is two years behind to Another accord ing to is the increase from growth doesnt address inflation or cost increases on the services already being pro The county has little or no control over inflation and sometimes particularly in the cases of unfunded state mandates for indigent de health care or meeting jail standards little or no control over the Assuming a 3 percent to 4 percent if revenue is not raised by a like the county starts out in the hole by that Dawson Some such as insur ance and medical expenses for indigent inmate health and public have increased more like 10 percent to 15 percent per Other services the state mandates include public juvenile additional courts and evaluations through the courts for those believed to be mentally homeland security in the wake of the attacks and additional law Earlier this County Judge Scheel admitted he could no longer keep the rate pointing to the need to offer pay raises to county employees to make up for sev eral years of belttightening as well as meeting the require ments of freezing taxes for seniors and the When Scheel presented his budget to it included a 2cent tax In Comal the county judge and commis 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