San Marcos approves $193M budget, property tax rates hold

FILE - San Marcos City Hall (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
FILE - San Marcos City Hall (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos City Council on Thursday approved a $193.8 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Council voted to hold the property tax rate at 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable value for the 10th year in a row, the city said in a statement.

Highlights from the nearly $200 million budget includes the addition of 22 new city positions, ranging from parks and recreation and code compliance to police and fire.

Drainage utility rates were adjusted 10 percent this year, meaning monthly residential rates will increase by 52 cents to $5.72 for small lots, 83 cents to $9.15 for medium lots and 95 cents to $10.48 for large lots.

New water and wastewater rates will increase the average residential bill by $2.75 per month. The Citizen’s Utility Advisory Board has recommended gradual increases over the next 3-5 years to offset “otherwise more dramatic adjustments” once the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency project begins in FY 2019. The project is planned to supply San Marcos with an additional 50-year water supply once it is fully implemented.

Rates for residential curbside solid waste, green waste and recycling are being adjusted by around four percent.

“We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to maintain the same property tax rate for the last ten years while increasing our levels of service,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “This can be difficult to achieve in periods of large growth because of the increased demand on infrastructure. In addition to maintaining or increasing service levels, this budget includes notable enhancements to public safety and beautification.”

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