Howard County Officials propose new tax rate, but went over rollback rate

Staff Report

NewsWest 9

Howard County officials proposed a new tax rate Monday to balance their budget, but they couldn't do it without going over the rollback rate.

That means the average taxpayer would see an increase in their bills, but no exact figure was released.

It also means taxpayers could call for a rollback election, since the figure is more than eight percent of the effective tax rate.

County Judge Mark Barr says the ongoing litigation between the appraisal board and the Alon Refinery caused officials to increase the rate.

Commissioners recently agreed to a point 48 per 100 dollar valuation.

The first proposed rate was point 42.

The county has to conduct two public hearings before they can make the tax rate official by September 24th.