Pearsall approves budget, tax rate for 2019-20

Pearsall approves budget, tax rate for 2019-20
Increase in road maintenance, street crew, administration

Pearsall city councilors approved an operating budget of $6.2 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year during a meeting on Friday, September 27.

During a meeting on Monday, September 23 councilors voted five to one to approve maintaining the tax rate of .89 cents per $100 of property value.

Councilor Roland Segovia voted against the proposed tax rate; Councilor Davina Rodriguez was not in attendance for the Monday night meeting.

The budget is projected to raise more total property taxes than the 2018-19 fiscal year by $247,000, an increase of nearly ten-percent; property tax revenue from newly annexed property will increase the tax roll by $158,500, according to City Hall.

One citizen, Reynaldo Trevino, addressed councilors during the Friday night meeting regarding some concerns he had when reviewing the proposed budget.

“My concern is the increase in fines on the revenue side,” Trevino said. “I do not want the police chief to feel pressure to give fines.”

The proposed budget reflects a $40,000 increase in police department fines.



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