Glenn Slayton said that just because the council is proposing a tax rate of $0.58105 per $100 evaluation, that does not mean property taxes will not increase. The figure is the same levied on property last year on top of increased property values.
Slayton pointed out that by leaving the proposed rate at the same level as last year’s tax rate, property taxes would be going up for Beeville residents and businesses.
The businessman said that the increase would come from higher property values and that to keep the tax levy at the same level of that collected last year they should reduce the rate.
“You’re going to raise taxes,” Slayton said.
Businessman Armando Musquez called it “double taxation.”
Council members offered no comment.
In other business Tuesday, the council voted to:
— Proceed with efforts to secure a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant for water and sewer improvements. City Manager Deborah Ballí told the council that the city needs to spend about $700,000 on improvements.
— Assist volunteers in the creation of a community garden project.
— Schedule a public hearing for Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. to hear input on proposed amendments to the city’s wrecker ordinance.
— Contract with Bureau Veritas for the performance of fire inspections for buildings that are required to have the inspections.
— Change the name of the Beeville Community Center to the Beeville Events Center to comply with the state’s hotel and motel tax legislation.
— Approve spending $19,746 to replace wastewater paddle aerators at the wastewater treatment plant.
— Authorize the installation of new chlorinators at the wastewater treatment plant at Chase Field.
— Purchase new intake silencers for the wastewater treatment plant at Chase Field.