The city of Rosenberg has reduced its property tax rate by 1.5 cents.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council voted to accept the tax rate and adopt the 2021 fiscal year budget.

The FY2021 budget was prepared utilizing a 40 cents per $100 valuation tax rate applied to the certified taxable property values.

The current tax rate is 41.5 cents. The new tax rate goes into effect Jan. 1.

According to city staff, this tax rate is made up of two components: the debt service rate and the maintenance and operations rate.

The FY2021 debt service rate is allocated at 13.43 cents and the M&O rate is 26.56 cents.

Council member Kevin Raines made the motion to accept the M&O tax rate at 26.56 cents.

The motion was seconded by council member Jacob Balderas.

Mayor Bill Benton then made a motion, seconded by Balderas, to accept the debt service rate at 13.43 cents.

Finally, Balderas made a motion to adopt the property tax rate at 40 cents.

The motion was seconded by council member Steven DeGregorio.

“We’re lowering the tax rate, we’re giving homestead exemptions and more senior exemptions,” Balderas said.

“I’m glad to see that Rosenberg is moving up,”

In June, council agreed to increase the disabled exemption to $60,000 and the over-65 exemption to $75,000.

Further, council is enlarging the base homestead exemption amount to 10% of value or $5,000, whichever is higher.

The 2021 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1.

The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

City council meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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