San Marcos City Council adopts increases in utility rates, taxes and FY 22 budget

San Marcos City Council adopted increases in property tax, utilities and the city budget for FY 2021-22 on Sept. 21. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council adopted increases in property tax, utilities and the city budget for FY 2021-22 on Sept. 21. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

San Marcos City Council adopted increases in property tax, utilities and the city budget for FY 2021-22 on Sept. 21. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

San Marcos City Council adopted increases to utility rates, a $0.01 increase in the city’s property tax rate and an adopted a budget of more than $260.47 million for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

A 5% increase to water rates and 3% to wastewater was adopted, or about $2.09 per month for the average residential consumer.

An increase of 5% per month for electric utility rates, or an average increase of $5.31, was also adopted, as were increases to drainage ($1.10) and solid waste collection rates ($1.03).

City staff estimate the total increase in an average monthly residential utility bill would be $9.53 monthly, or $114.36 annually.

Council Members Shane Scott and Saul Gonzales voted against each increase.


The council also adopted a property tax rate increase from $0.593 to $0.603 per $100 of property valuation. That represents an anticipated increase in city funding by $655,000, which is already reserved to pay for the salaries and benefits of four new 911 telecommunicators, three traffic officers, three leased vehicles, supplies, uniforms and other staffing expenses.

That increase meant the council was able to adopt a budget of $260,468,834 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

All of these items were adopted on a second reading—the first being at the Sept. 7 meeting—and almost all debate occurred at earlier council meetings.
By Eric Weilbacher

Editor, New Braunfels and San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Eric joinedCommunity Impact Newspaper as an editor in July 2021, returning to journalism after several years in the New Braunfels business community. Prior to CI, Eric freelanced for multiple publications and was a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He brings a passion for accurate, compelling story telling and human interest to his work.



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