Leander Council to set tax rate


The Leander City Council will take up the issue of setting the city’s tax rate at its Aug. 2 meeting. The Council will discuss and consider a proposal to adopt a tax rate for fiscal year 2018-2019 after receiving the effective and rollback tax rate calculations for the year. 

The Council will consider scheduling two public hearings on adopting a tax rate, with dates for those hearings yet to be determined. 

As required by state law, each year the city prepares a proposed tax rate and budget for city council approval prior to Oct. 1. 

According to the Texas Municipal League, state law requires a city to adopt a property tax rate for the current tax year before the later of Sept. 30 or the 60th day after the date the city receives the certified appraisal roll from the chief appraiser. 

The chief appraiser must deliver the certified appraisal roll to the tax assessor for the city by July 25 of each year. Assuming the certified appraisal roll is delivered to the tax assessor by July 25, the city has until “before September 30” to adopt its property tax rate. This means that the final day for cities to adopt a tax rate is September 29. 

The state statute governing city budgets provides that a city council “may levy taxes only in accordance with the budget. Consequently, a city must adopt its annual budget prior to the adoption of the property tax rate.”

The council will also discuss how information requests made by individual council members to city staff are shared among the council.

Several public hearings will be held during the Aug. 2 meeting, including a comprehensive plan amendment case that would remove the southwest quadrant of the neighborhood center at the intersection of Journey Pkwy and CR 175, along with removal of the mixed-use corridor along CR 175, a zoning case amending single-family compact located to the southwest of Journey Pkwy and CR175, and a zoning case amending the current zoning of a single-family rural district to local commercial located at the southwest corner of the intersection of S. Bagdad Road and Eagles Way.

Leander Police Department Officer John Carnley and his partner, K-9 Officer Kodi will also be recognized by the Council during the meeting.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N. Brushy St., Leander.