Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton isn’t promising a tax cut for the 2021 fiscal year.
But one thing is for certain — Rosenberg residents will get some relief through the tax exemptions.
At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members voted to hike tax exemptions on the homesteads of disabled homeowners and those over 65.
Currently, the city offers a 1 percent homestead value exemption or $5,000, whichever is greater, according to city staff.
The current exemption for the disabled homeowner is $45,000, and the exemption for homeowners over 65 years of age is $60,000.
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.
“Hallelujah!” Mayor Bill Benton exclaimed. “That’s the first time that’s changed since I was on (council).
“We did this fairly conservatively.
“There is no guarantee that a property tax rate reduction will be approved.”
Council member Isaac Davila said he wished he had more information about sales tax revenue over the last two months before voting on this, but because there’s a deadline, he agreed to the tax exemptions.
Changes to exemptions should be submitted to the Fort Bend County Tax Office before July 1 for the 2021 tax year.
According to Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut, 1,806 Rosenberg residents over 65 and 167 disabled persons are eligible for exemptions.
Council member Jacob Balderas made a motion ro increase the tax exemptions.
The motion was seconded by council member Steven DeGregorio.
“Congratulations council and congratulations homeowners,” Benton said. “That’s the road toward tax relief at the city level. We hope the other taxing entities might follow.”
The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 16 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.
Citizens wishing to speak to the council must sign up before the meeting begins.
Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.