Austin Community College's tax rate will inch up slightly for the 2013 fiscal year.

The district is proposing a 0.3 percent increase from 9.48 cents to 9.51 cents per $100 of valuation, Associate Vice President Neil Vickers said.

Vickers said the tax rate was "effectively flat" and that the average appraised value had decreased.

District spokeswoman Alexis Patterson Hanes said the average taxpayer's bill would decrease by almost a dollar.

Because the proposed increase is greater than the effective rate—the tax rate it would take to generate the same amount of revenue as last year—the district will hold two public hearings in August.

The board of trustees scheduled the hearings for noon on Aug. 20 and 27 at 5930 Middle Fiskville Road.

The tax rate is made up of two parts: a 9 cent maintenance and operations tax rate and a 0.51 cent debt service tax rate.