City of Abilene property taxes set to rise under new budget

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Property taxes are expected to rise in Abilene after the budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 was approved Tuesday night. 

During a special-called City Council meeting, members approved a $92,352 dollar budget that carries a property tax increase of nearly $30 per $100,000 home valuation over last year's budget. Councilman Bruce Kreitler voted against one part of the budget and the tax increase, and Councilman Steve Savage voted against both parts of the budget and the tax increase. 

The additional funds will be used to maintain city property, hire additional first responders, and give all city employees a 3% pay raise. 

City Manager Robert Hanna told KTAB and KRBC "Part of what council approved in this budget process was dedicating money and setting aside the Convention Center maintenance going forward until they decide not to do that anymore. So, I think that's positive. Council has decided to adequately fund programs and services - I think that's positive."

This year's budget is about $4,500,000 more than last year's budget.


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