Voters also approved the sales tax-rate increase, bringing our rate equal to that of all our neighboring cities. While it’s not a huge benefit to the city revenue, a consumption tax paid by those both in AND OUTSIDE our city lifts some of the burdens off the backs of property-taxpayers. It can also bolster the city council’s ability to lower the tax rate, as property taxes continue to climb. This ballot measure demonstrates my commitment to letting the people give consent before raising taxes.
The Central Appraisal District has done it again! Most properties in Rockwall County saw another marked increase in the assessed value, which means another big jump in property taxes hence, more revenue to the County, City and School District.
However, as Councilmen Wayne Orchard, Jim Herren and I have been emphasizing, our goal is not to grow our city government, but limit its size and scope. A government can’t grow when (1) funding is limited and (2) elected officials prevent deficit spending by staying on a budget.
Thanks to Councilmen Orchard & Herren, we successfully changed inspection service companies, which will not only save the city money, it will actually increase revenue to the city as new homes continue to be built!
For these reasons and more, I see no reason why we can’t lower our city’s tax rate. I will be challenging both the county and school district to follow our lead because I am confident that our new city council will support lowering our city’s property tax rate too.
Additionally, I received the following email from Governor Greg Abbott. I signed the petition and I urge you to sign it too! Pass it on to your friends and neighbors who, like us, believe that property taxes have gotten out of control!
Recently I’ve received questions from concerned citizens who live both inside and outside of the Sonoma Verde [SV] development, much of which stems from fundamental misunderstandings regarding the development’s Public Improvement District [PID] and the annual tax bill SV homeowners receive from the Rockwall Central Appraisal District.
In an attempt to circumvent further misunderstandings, which have led to simmering disharmony between some, I’ve posted a Q&A under the “Answers” menu option (third, after “Home” & “About”) regarding the SV PID to ensure that the fundamental facts regarding it are not overlooked.