Commissioners' Court Approves Budget and Tax Rate Decrease
Brazoria County Commissioners' Court approved the 2020 budget on September 10, 2019, which includes a tax rate decrease. The budget process begins in late spring and continues through the summer with several weeks of public hearings where county departments present budget needs to Commissioner Court members. All budget requests are then discussed and considered by Court members for allocation to each department. "It is important that we are good stewards of the county funds," says County Judge Matt Sebesta. "Although the process is time-consuming," says Judge Sebesta, "all Commissioner Court members take the process very seriously."
"Planned capital expenditures are included in the 2020 budget," reported County Auditor Connie Garner. "Parking lots at the Courthouse as well as architectural and engineer fees for the new courthouse expansion and renovations are included," stated Garner. Also included in the 2020 budget was the implementation of the salary survey, as well as the cost of living raise of 2% for county employees and step increase for eligible employees. The new budget and tax rate will go into effect on October 1, 2019.
Brazoria County Commissioners' Court has been able to provide the residents of Brazoria County with a reduction in the tax rate over the last four years and now again in 2020. The current County tax rate (2019) is at $0.4279, and the newly adopted rate (2020) will be $0.4152, which is the effective tax rate. Since 2015, Commissioners' Court has lowered the tax rate from $0.49850 (2015) to $0.4152 (2020) a decrease of 17% (8.32¢).