Lufkin Could Face Tax Increase

By Scott Cooper

It took a combination of tough choices and budget cuts to reach a proposed tax rate for the city of Lufkin.  It's now time for the city to take its proposal before local residents.  A public hearing at city hall is scheduled for September second. City commissioners approved the proposed two cent increase to help fund the final phase of a bond election that voters approved two years ago to improve four Lufkin streets.  To reach that figure, each department had to cut its budget by five percent.  The two-cent increase in the city's tax rate means you will be paying two cents more for every 100-dollars valuation of your home.  For example, the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home will pay 20 dollars more in city taxes next year than this year.  The final approval of the budget is expected to come on september 16th.