City tax rate, budget set

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

No Diboll citizens spoke at either of two public hearings on the tax rate, not did anyone attend Monday’s City Council meeting and speak out.

So, given the green light by no public complaints or concerns, City Council passed the 2013-14 budget and tax rate.

The tax rate is the same as last year’s 56.7425 cents per $100 property valuation; however, because property values have increased the tax rate will bring in more revenue for the city. With the average value of a Diboll residence at $78,220, tax on that property will increase about $14 this year.

The $5.1 million budget includes a 2 percent raise for city employees and a 2 percent bonus in November. It also includes a ¾-ton truck for the Water Department, a half-ton truck for the Street and Parks Department; and a dump truck for the Sewer Department.

“It was great not to need to raise water and sewer rates this year,” said City Manager Dennis McDuffie. “We had to do that over the last four to five years. This year there is enough revenue from that side of the budget to not have to raise the rates. We are also buying new equipment for the City departments that have not been able to buy new equipment for several years.”