Citizens speak on proposed VZC tax rate

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Around 25 citizens were in attendance Sept. 5 for the first of two public hearings on the proposed 2017 tax rate  approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court.

Five citizens shared their feelings to the commissioners and expressed concern and criticism of the 4-1 decision Aug. 22 by the commissioners’ court.

All four county commissioners voted in favor while VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick voted against the proposed 2017 tax rate of $.615847 per $100 valuation.

The proposed 2017 tax rate exceeds the preceding year’s tax rate ($.585847), the effective tax rate ($.552805) and the rollback tax rate ($.587864).

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the county from the same properties in both the 2016 and the 2017 tax years.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that the county may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

Each speaker was given four minutes to give their presentation during the Sept. 5 public hearing.

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