Angelina Co. Commissioners considering new tax rate

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A new fiscal year brings ona new budget for Angelina County residents.

"We've tried to keepservices at a consistent level and keep the tax rate low with all the officialsand department heads," said County Judge Wes Suiter.

"The commissioners'court has done an excellent job at trying to balance services with the taxesimposed," said County Auditor Eddie Gray.

Even with the stability, araise is still needed.

"We're talking aboutdoing half a cent per hundred dollars of evaluation," said Gray.

The current tax rate is 0.4619with the average tax payer paying around $442.

Under the proposed taxrate of 0.4669 the payment would jump to an average of $462, an average increaseof $20.

The county already has aplan for the added revenue.

"A few years ago we implemented phase oneof the security of the courthouse downtown and now we thought it was time toimplement phase two," said Suiter.

Exact plans have not beendisclosed yet, but commissioners agree it needs to be done.

"Everybody has seenon the news, the increase in violence and stuff," said Precinct 4 CommissionerScott Cooper. "We're looking at prevention. A little bit of prevention nowsaves a whole lot of problems later."

The public will have two chances to voice their opinionson the matter. The first hearing will be on Sept.3 at 5:30 p.m. The second hearingwill be Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Both hearings will be at the Angelina County Commissionerscourt room.

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