Williamson County adopts $394M FY 2020-21 budget, maintains tax rate

The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a $394.69 million budget for fiscal year 2020-21 on Aug. 25. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a $394.69 million budget for fiscal year 2020-21 on Aug. 25. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a $394.69 million budget for fiscal year 2020-21 on Aug. 25. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a $394.69 million budget for fiscal year 2020-21 on Aug. 25.

The budget is an $890,000 increase from last year’s adopted budget, which was adopted at $393.8 million.

This budget shows our priorities,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said. “[It shows] what the citizen expect from us and what they expect us to do.”

The budget is broken down in $222,981,680 for the general fund, $44,862,760 for road and bridge fund and $126,845,950 million for the debt service fund.

The budget maintains the same number of full-time employees. It also includes scheduled pay raises for law enforcement, cost coverage of health insurance increases for county employees and funds to pay off $25 million in debt.

The adopted budget is about $4.4 million more than the recommended budget presented by the county’s budget office Aug. 6. FY 2020-21 begins Oct. 1.

The commissioners also voted to maintain its tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation. The no-new revenue rate, previously known as the effective rate, was $0.444477 per $100 valuation.

Williamson County commissioners adopted a tax rate compliant with Senate Bill 2, which set a 3.5% tax rate trigger point that would require voter approval if taxing entities wished to collect more than 3.5% of tax revenue over the previous year.

Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector Larry Gaddes reiterated that in four of the county’s last five tax rate adoptions, the county adopted a rate lower than the now-required 3.5% tax revenue trigger point. Prior to SB2, the trigger point was 8%.

Owed taxes are determined by the total appraised value of a home based on the market and set by the Williamson Central Appraisal District. While the rate remains the same, if property values increase, so likely will owed property taxes.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said this would increase the average county homeowner’s total taxes by about $10.

More details on property taxes can be found at https://williamsonpropertytaxes.org/tax.
By 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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