Cameron County weighs out benefits and drawbacks of raising property taxes

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“From historical knowledge that I have, I would tend to believe that the court would rather not increase the tax rate if they had a plan presented to them,” said Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda, Jr.

Judge Sepulveda says he himself is not keen on raising property taxes. Instead, he says there are alternate methods that can help balance out the county budget. That budget is being tabled until another meeting.

“It’s just looking at the revenues that are coming in,” said Sepulveda. “We can look at perhaps our toll rate schedule at the International Bridge System and equalize those rates to whatever bridge owners are utilizing.”

This county judge remained insistent that raising taxes isn’t necessary to generate revenue.

“This coming Tuesday, you know, that’s the intention is to talk to the auditor and see if there’s any additional revenue that she can certify,” said Sepulveda.

But on the flip side, if the court chooses to vote on a county property tax rate increase, the additional funds could be used to serve county employees. At least, that’s a suggestion someone offered up at last week’s public hearing.

“There was a member of the court that talked about increasing the tax rate by two pennies to provide salary increase adjustments for all law enforcement personnel,” said Sepulveda.

If you feel strongly about a fluctuation in county taxes, Judge Sepulveda is urging you to come state your opinion at next week’s public hearing.

“We do plan on having a meeting on September 1 to discuss the budget,” said Sepulveda.

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