Hays County Commissioners Court approves FY 2020-21 budget and tax rate

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to approve a budget and tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to approve a budget and tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to approve a budget and tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a budget and tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year during a Sept. 22. meeting.

The budget of $317,941,631 is $66,944,313 less than the FY 2019-20 budget of $384,885,944 and will be supported by a property tax rate of $0.4212 per $100 of property valuation.

The new tax rate will provide a 5.18% increase in revenue of $4,619,577 compared to FY 2019-20 despite a lower rate. This is accomplished through an increase in the appraised value of property within the county.

The approved rate is a 4.18% increase over the no-new-revenue tax rate of $0.4043—or the rate the county could adopt to raise the same amount of revenue as the previous year's budget.

County operation expenditures for the new budget total $147,009,853 and will be covered by $125,864,554 in revenue and $21,145,299 from various funds.


The budget also includes $131,918,800 in construction expenditures provided predominately through bonds, and $39,012,978, or 12.27% of the total budget, will go toward servicing debt.

Hays County's general fund will see a decrease of $2,102,074 in the adopted budget—a decline of 4.4%.

Overall the city will see a drop of $21,145,299 across its various funds and their cumulative value will decrease from $68,364,282 to $47,218,983—a 30.93% reduction.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.