Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD), Aransas County, Aransas County Navigation District (ACND), and Town of Fulton (see separate story) officials are finalizing their budgets for next year. The Rockport City Council has three days of budget workshops planned, beginning, Monday, Aug. 5, after which the city’s budget will be more or less finalized.
The ACISD’s current tax rate is $1.16393. The effective tax rate and rollback rate for 2019 was not available from the Aransas County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office prior to press deadline Thursday.
ACISD trustees, at their July 18 regular meeting, approved the new state compressed rate of $.99 for maintenance and operations, and $.08 for I&S (debt), for a total maximum tax rate of $1.07. The final approved tax rate can be lower, but not higher.
HB 3, which was approved in the recent legislative session in Austin, determined the ACISD’s compressed rate of $.99, according to ACISD Chief Financial Officer Kathy Henderson.
She noted Thursday, after receiving the final certified tax roll, it might be possible to lower the I&S portion of the budget.
The ACISD paid off its debt for Rockport-Fulton Middle School this year.
Aransas County’s current tax rate is $.479115. The effective tax rate (now referred to as the “no new taxes” rate) for 2019 is $.415315. The rollback rate (now referred to as the “voter approval” rate) is $.451453.
County commissioners, at their 9 a.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 5, are expected to finalize the budget and tax rate, as well as set dates for public hearings.
The ACND’s current tax rate is $.059822. The effective tax rate for 2019 is $.052008. The rollback rate is $.054670.
City of Rockport
Rockport’s current tax rate is $.451963. The effective tax rate for 2019 is $.396304. The rollback rate is $.406991.
Town of Fulton
Fulton’s current tax rate is $.262272. The effective tax rate for 2019 is $.232767. The rollback rate is $.242022.