Posted By cdoelle on January 23, 2013
After a lengthy discussion of the declining water quality in Cypress Creek and funding options for solutions to the problem, the city council unanimously directed the city staff to develop a public presentation on all aspects of any ad valorem (property) tax for Wimberley.
The presentation will include expected revenues from different tax rates, the length that any tax would remain in place and proposed uses for any additional revenue.
When incorporated in 2000, the city’s leadership vowed that Wimberley would operate off of sales tax revenue, franchise fees and other monies, and would put off enacting a property tax as long as possible. For 12 years the city operated on these revenue sources, and through the benefits of private donations and county, state and federal grants, has been able to provide basic city services and to acquire and develop two parks.
In recent years, these outside revenue sources have become scarcer and harder to come by. Comments over the years by the governor’s office, county commissioners and the office of Rep. Lloyd Doggett indicate that those officials look to Wimberley to be able to match funds for grants and to generate more support for itself. More direct recent comments from State Representative Jason Isaacs and Hays County Judge Bert Cobb were both to the effect of, “It’s time for Wimberley to grow up and start taking care of itself.”
Given this environment, the council directed that public information meetings for ad valorem taxes discussion be held.