The San Marcos City Council approved their budget for the 2017 fiscal year Tuesday night, and voted to hold the property tax rate for the 10th year in a row.
The city’s $193.8 million budget for the new fiscal year includes 22 new personnel positions and adjustments to drainage, resource recovery and water/wastewater rates. The property tax rate will remain at 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable value.
“We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to maintain the same property tax rate for the last ten years while increasing our levels of service,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “This can be difficult to achieve in periods of large growth because of the increased demand on infrastructure. In addition to maintaining or increasing service levels, this budget includes notable enhancements to public safety and beautification.”
Drainage utility rates were raised 10 percent to fund drainage projects and maintenance. The city council also approved the Citizen’s Utility Advisory Board’s recommendation of a five percent increase to water rates and two percent increase to wastewater rates. Resource recovery rates will increase approximately four percent.
The 2017 fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
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