Howard County Commissioners held a public hearing on Monday evening, 09/09/19, to listen to the public’s feedback on the proposed property tax rate for Howard County. The proposed property tax rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is approximately $0.30/$100 valuation. This is approximately 2 cents less than last year’s tax rate of just under $0.33/$100. The effective tax rate, which would generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year, is approximately $0.28/$100.
Commissioners advised that they opted for the rollback tax rate of approximately $0.30/$100 due to a change in the budget that required an increase in rate. Those changes are as follows:
Jail boarding increase,
Jail medical increase,
Jail maintenance increase,
Howard County Library new boiler,
new employee in the Howard County Sheriff’s Office,
new environmental officer,
new employee in maintenance,
6% increase in property, general liability, and vehicle insurance,
$108,500 increase in vehicles for Road and Bridge, and
3% raise for Howard County employees.
It should be noted that no one from the public attended the public hearing. The next public hearing is set for Friday, September 13th at 10 AM.