Kyle City Council voted 5-1 Sept. 8 to adopt the city’s $80.1 million budget and set the property tax rate for fiscal year 2015-16.
The city’s property tax rate of $0.5848 per $100 valuation is an increase of $0.0465 on the current tax rate. The city said its tax rate increase is because of bonds sold to pay for the five road projects approved in a 2013 voter referendum.
Among the major features of the budget are additional patrol officers for the Kyle Police Department and the expansion of wastewater treatment services.
Daphne Tenorio was the sole council member to vote against the budget and tax rate increase. Tenorio said more cuts could have been made to spare taxpayers a higher tax bill.
“If we can’t save money for our citizens when we have surplus money then when can we save the money?” she said. “All of our public safety items and concerns could have been met without additional increases in the taxes. I’m disappointed in this budget and wish we could have been better servants to the citizens’ taxes.”
But Council Member David Wilson said adding services was necessary.
“I don’t like higher taxes but there are things that have to be done,” Wilson said. “We have to improve our community moving forward, and I want quality.”
City officials said the final 2015-16 budget is expected to be available on Sept. 14.