The proposed effective rate of $0.7067 per $100 of assessed taxable value was given to the commissioners, who set the first public hearing date for Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.
The effective rate for FY2013 was 0.6484 and the adopted rate was 0.6984.
The projected 2013 net taxable value for Goliad County is $841,275,210, down from over $4 million from 2012.
The county’s tax base decreased by approximately $70 million due in large part to a $36 million decrease in utilities and $31 million decrease in minerals.
Exemptions (over-65, agricultural, homestead, etc.) have also increased over $8 million since last year to $1.1 billion for 2014.
The county’s net taxable value is the lowest its been since 2006, when it dipped just below $800,000.
Among the proposed decreases in the 2014 budget are roads and bridges ($31,475), AFLAC supplemental insurance ($41,725), reorganization of the treasurer’s and auditor’s office ($15,600) and documentation/reimbursement of commissioners’ mileage ($32,000).
Among the proposed increases is a three-percent pay raise for all employees and elected officials and an additional sheriff’s office deputy and vehicle for license and weights.
In action items Monday, commissioners unanimously approved a land lease agreement between the county and the Goliad Youth Sports league, unanimously approved the holiday calendar and unanimously approved renewing the contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety Reprographics and Distribution Services for the purchase of items used by the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.