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Garza County Health Care District
By Elizabeth Tanner/The Post Dispatch—
The Garza County Health Care District will discuss and vote on the proposed No-New-Revenue tax rate of $0.1321 per $100 valuation, a 9-percent increase from the 2019 effective tax rate of $0.1216 during a board meeting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 17 at the EMS facility.
According to Health Care District Tax Accessor Brandy Fannon, with the new tax rate homeowners will see a 13-percent increase in the annual property taxes.
“In 2019, the average taxable value of a homestead for the Health Care District was $49,968; therefore, tax on that average would have been $63,” Fannon said. “The 2020 average taxable value of a homestead is $51,993. With the proposed rate of $0.1321, the 2020 tax on that homestead would be $69.”
However, with the No-New-Revenue tax rate, property tax revenue will remain the same for the Health Care District, said Fannon.
Although no more funds are needed for the budget, Fannon says that expenses have increased.
“Some expenses have gone up such as insurance and advertising,” Fannon said. “But it is not enough to warrant a tax increase at this time.”
Since the proposed tax rate is not greater than the voter-approval tax rate of $0.151, the Health Care District is not required to hold an election to seek voter approval of the rate. However, individuals may express support or opposition of the proposed rate by contacting the Garza County Health Care District or by attending the Sept. 17 public meeting. The EMS facility is located at 902 N. Ave. S.to