Lone Star College set to vote Oct. 8 on tax rate; no increase expected for fourth straight year

Lone Star College is set to adopt its fiscal year 2020-21 tax rate Oct. 8. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College is set to adopt its fiscal year 2020-21 tax rate Oct. 8. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lone Star College is set to adopt its fiscal year 2020-21 tax rate Oct. 8. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lone Star College board of trustees held its first public hearing Oct. 1 for a proposed fiscal year 2020-21 property tax rate of $0.1078 per $100 valuation, the same tax rate it has had for the past four fiscal years.

LSC Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Mott said the college built a 6% growth rate in appraisals into the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, which factors into keeping the tax rate the same for FY 2020-21.

"In a 15-year history of the tax rate, Lone Star College has consistently been below the state average," Mott said. "We have held it pretty flat at $0.1078 for several years now."

LSC has maintained the same tax rate since fiscal year 2016-17, when the tax rate was $0.1079.

Mott said local property taxes are the largest revenue source for the college and are set to make up around 46% of the FY 2020-21 budget's total revenue. The college's adopted budget shows a decrease of around $14.6 million from FY 2019-20, which factors in a decrease of student enrollment and expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.


No action was taken on the proposed tax rate. It is expected to be adopted at an Oct. 8 meeting.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.