Proposed tax rates

Through the coming weeks, taxing entities in Hunt County will be amending and approving their budgets and property tax rates for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Through the coming weeks, taxing entities in Hunt County will be amending and approving their budgets and property tax rates for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Total property taxes for residents of Greenville are calculated by adding what they owe in county, city, school district and hospital district taxes.

What follows is a breakdown of the proposed tax rates for each of these entities:

Hunt County

The proposed property tax rate for the county is 50.85 cents for every $100 that a property is worth. This is a third of a cent reduction from the 2018-2019 tax rate of 51.19 cents per $100 valuation.

If the proposed rate is approved, the amount in county taxes that a homeowner in Hunt County would pay on a house valued at $150,000 would be about $762.75.

Hunt County residents will have two more opportunities to give their input about the prospective budget and tax rate in public hearings at the Aug. 20 and 27 meetings of the Hunt County Commissioners Court, both of which will start at 9 a.m. in the Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St.

The commissioners court also plans to vote on both the prospective budget and the tax rate at the Aug. 27.

The proposed Hunt County budget for 2019-2020 can be reviewed online at https://bit.ly/2TCMVhz.

City of Greenville

The proposed property tax rate for the city is 68.22 cents for every $100 that a property is worth. This is a three cent increase from the 2018-19 tax rate of 65.22 cents per $100 valuation.

If the proposed rate is approved, the amount in local taxes that a homeowner in Greenville would pay on a house valued at $150,000 would be about $1,023.30.

Greenville residents will be able to comment on the proposed city property tax rate in public hearings at the Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 Greenville City Council meetings.

Members of the community will also have chances to speak about the proposed city budget in public hearings on the Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 city council meetings.

The council plans to vote on the proposed tax rate and budget at their Sept. 24 meeting.

All of the Greenville City Council meetings will be  at 6 p.m. – following work sessions that start at 4:30 p.m.  – in the Greenville Municipal Building at 2821 Washington St.

The proposed City of Greenville budget for 2019-2020 can be reviewed online at https://bit.ly/2YRgyS4.

Greenville Independent School District

The proposed property tax rate for the school district is $1.228 for every $100 that a property is worth. This is a seven cent reduction from the 2018-19 tax rate of $1.298 per $100 valuation.

If the proposed rate is approved, the amount in school district taxes that a homeowner in Greenville would pay on a house valued at $150,000 would be about $1,842.

While the 2019-2020 budget for Greenville ISD has already been approved, the district’s board of trustees plans to vote on the proposed tax rate at their meeting this Tuesday.

The public hearings for GISD’s budget and tax rate were held in June, but residents will be able to give their input about the tax rate or anything else regarding the district during the “receive individuals and delegates” portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting will be Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m., in the Wesley Martin Administration Building at 4004 Moulton St.

A public notice for the vote on GISD’s tax rate for 2019-2020 can be read online at https://bit.ly/31NwqSP.

Hunt Memorial Hospital District

The hospital district did not provide the Herald-Banner with a proposed property tax rate for 2019-2020 as of press time Friday evening, but their board of directors has a budget workshop scheduled for Aug. 27.

During the workshop, dates will be set for public hearings about the hospital district’s proposed budget and tax rate.

The Hunt Memorial Hospital District’s Board of Directors plans to vote on both the budget and the tax rate at their Sept. 24 meeting.

Since the hospital district’s adoption of its 2016-2017 budget, the tax rate has decreased an average of a quarter of a cent each year compared to the previous year.

The hospital district’s current tax rate is about 23.56 cents for every $100 that a property is worth.

If the property tax rate for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District were to stay the same, the amount in hospital district taxes that a homeowner in Hunt County would pay on a house valued at $150,000 would be about $353.40.

Estimated Total

If all of the above-listed proposed property tax rates are approved, then a homeowner in Greenville would pay a total of $3,981.45 ($762.75 + $1,023.30 + $1,842 + $353.40) in taxes on a house valued at $150,000.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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