Central Health approves proposed 2017-18 budget and tax rate

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Central Health approved its fiscal year 2017-18 budget as well as its 2017-18 property tax rate at the organization’s board of managers meeting Wednesday night.

“I think this a good budget that reflects our priorities,” said board of managers Chairperson Katrina Daniel. “It’s a planning document, but it’s a great starting place.”

The budget and tax rate will be voted on by the Travis County Commissioners Court Sept. 19.

No major changes were made to the budget or tax rate after the board hosted two public budget hearings where community members expressed concern about the organization’s spending on projects like the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

If the Travis County Commissioners Court passes Central Health’s proposals, residents in the county could see an average increase in their property taxes of $12.50 that go toward the organization, even though the board voted to lower the rate. Tax revenues will increase because property values in Travis County have increased.

In 2016-17, the tax rate was 11.0541 cents. The new tax rate, if passed, will be 10.6583 cents.

The board said in a statement it proposes to use the increase in total tax revenue to “furnish medical aid and hospital care to indigent and needy persons residing in the district.”

To view the proposed budget, click here.

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