The annual Commissioners Court budget workshop starts this afternoon in order to refine a proposed county budget and tax rate for next year. Both the recommended budget and tax rate will then be subject to public hearings before a final vote on September 17.
My top two priorities this week are:
- Recommend the REAL effective tax rate. Strangely, this year the state-mandated, calculated effective tax rate doesn’t meet the definition; that you pay the same number of dollars next year as this year regardless of increases in your appraised property value. I want to determine and pass the real effective tax rate in order to keep steady the county taxes you pay.
- Fund a modern land and vital records system in the County Clerk’s office. We have deferred this substantial purchase for five years. It’s high time to fund this long-overdue system.
I visited the World War II museum in New Orleans this week. I highly recommend it to you if you have not toured the excellent displays that graphically depict the heroism of young Americans in the face of fear, fatigue, danger, cold and heat, and often, death.
While my efforts during budget season each year cannot begin to compare to their sacrifices on behalf of the American people, I absolutely take inspiration from them. As Ronald Reagan once famously said, “You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”