Robinson residents will see a lower tax rate this upcoming year for the first time in five years, but by how much has yet to be determined.
The city council Tuesday placed a proposal to adopt a tax rate of 49.95 cents per $100 of property value. The move ensures the tax rate will not go above that amount but leaves room for council members to set the exact rate.
City Manager Craig Lemin said the maximum rate is already included in the city’s proposed budget, which has been posted to the city’s website.
The council plans to have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at City Hall, 111 W. Lyndale Drive, to discuss the upcoming year’s budget.
Council members also set two public hearings on the proposed tax rate for Aug. 30 and Sept. 6. Times and locations for the tax-rate hearings have not been announced.
The proposed tax rate is lower than the current tax rate of 50.5321 cents per $100 property valuation.
The rate has increased since 2011. In 2014, the tax rate was 48.0376 cents per $100 property valuation; in 2013 it was 47 cents; in 2012 it was 45.3750 cents; and in 2011 it was 41.5453 cents per $100 of property value.
The proposed budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by more than $271,000, which is a 7.98 percent increase, according to the proposed budget.
The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is almost $67,000, and the city’s appraised ad valorem property values increased more than $61,000.
The proposed budget also includes capital purchases of a new patrol vehicle for the police department, a new truck for the water distribution department, a new truck for the wastewater department, and a new computer server for police department vehicles and body camera video storage.
Lemin, who was hired in May, wrote that putting together the budget helped him gain valuable insight into the current conditions in the city and the city government. Lemin joined the city after retiring from the city of Azle, where he served as the city manger from February 2004 until January. While in Azle, he managed 130 employees and an $18 million annual budget.
“My hope is that this time next year I will have a greater understanding of all the various issues around the city as well as the desires of the community as to their hopes for the future,” he wrote. “There’s a great deal of work ahead, but this budget is the first step.”