Georgetown City Council votes to not increase tax rate in fiscal year 2019-20

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Georgetown City Council set the fiscal year 2019-20 maximum tax rate at its current tax rate Aug. 6.

The council voted to set the rate at $0.4200 per $100 valuation, with $0.195472 for maintenance and operations and $0.224528 for debt service. The maximum rate was set to the current tax rate in FY 2018-19.

The council voted 5-0 with District 1 vacant and District 3 Council Member Mike Triggs absent.

District 4 Council Member Steve Fought looked to set the maximum rate at $0.430202 per $100 valuation as a precaution due to uncertainties of how state legislation and property tax reform would affect the city in the long run. He said he did so with the intention of adopting a lower final rate, but the motion failed.

The vote followed a budget presentation by City Manager David Morgan where he proposed a $437.6 million total budget for FY 2019-20. The amount would be a 3% decrease from the FY 2018-19 amended budget, he said.

The recommended budget allows for 15.5 new positions across various departments as well as a restructuring of city’s organizational chart. In FY 2018-19, the budget looked to add 30 full-time employees and add 20 full-time employees in FY 2017-18, Morgan said.

The budget would also allow for a 3% merit-based increase in salaries.

Morgan said the priority for the budget was to manage growth but to maintain the city’s “small-town charm.”

The council also set two public hearings on the tax rate for Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 510 W. Ninth St., Georgetown.

The final budget and tax rate will be adopted Sept. 24.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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