Schertz Proposed FY 2017-18 Budget

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE TAX RATE NOTICE

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET 

 

As the City of Schertz begins discussions on the proposed tax rate for FY 2017-18 budget it is important to note how the property tax system works and how tax rates are determined and set. Every year cities prepare annual budgets to determine how much money they will spend providing public services to the taxpayers. Cities then propose a tax rate that supports the budget and provides the necessary revenues to fund operations. Once adopted, that is the rate property owners will pay for City services on their next tax bill.

Property owners also pay taxes to county and school districts and depending on where the property is located, may also pay taxes to hospital or college districts. Changes in property values can also affect a tax bill.

 

On August 8th, the Schertz City Council will vote to set the proposed maximum tax rate for FY 2017-18 proposed budget, residents are encouraged to attend and provide feedback. City Council meetings begin at 6:00 PM and are held in the Schertz Council Chambers at 1400 Schertz Parkway.

 

When discussing tax rates and budgets there are a few key terms that are frequently used throughout the budget process:

  • Proposed Maximum Tax Rate – The rate Council will set on August 8th. Council can officially adopt a rate lower than the proposed maximum rate but cannot adopt one that is higher.
  • Effective Tax Rate – The effective tax rate enables the public to evaluate the relationship between taxes for the prior year and for the current year, based on a tax rate that would produce the same amount of taxes if applied, on average, to the same properties taxed in both years.
  • Rollback Tax Rate – The highest tax rate a City can adopt before citizens can petition for an election to reduce the tax rate to the rollback rate.

A City’s tax rate is comprised of two tax rates:

    • Maintenance & Operations (M&O) – This rate is used to operate the City, including staffing, programs, equipment, supplies, etc.
    • Interest & Sinking (I&S) – This rate is used to pay City debt.

The City encourages feedback from residents throughout the entire budget process through various communication platforms. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting three community budget meetings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm; please mark your calendars to attend one or more:

  • Thursday, August 10th – Schertz United Methodist Church
  • Wednesday, August 16th – Corbett Middle School
  • Thursday, August 17th – North Community Center

To view the Proposed FY 2017-18 Budget CLICK HERE.

 

Please follow us on Facebook as we move through the budget and let us know what you think! You can also email questions or concerns to budgetinfo@schertz.com or call 210-619-1000.

 

For more information on property taxes in Texas, please CLICK HERE.

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