Directors for the Lower Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2021 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Taylor City Council Chambers which are in Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St.

The public is welcome to attend.

On Aug. 16, the directors set the maximum tax rate at 2-cents per $100 of property valuation. That rate would represent an increase of $4.82 for the average-valued home within the district. However, the directors have indicated that they intend to lower that rate to $1.914-cents per $100 of valuation.

“While an increase of less than $5 a year isn’t that much, we’re sensitive to the fact that home values in the area are increasing and what that does to people’s annual tax bill,” said Ed Komandosky, president of the board.

The lower tax rate would lower the increase to about $4.

The property tax supports the district’s efforts to maintain and repair 23 earthen water and erosion control dams across East Williamson County.

The directors will meet again on Monday, Sept. 13 to consider approval of the district’s budget for FY 2022. That budget assumes about  $4.68 million in total revenue — about $550,000 of that in property tax and $4.1 million in grants — against expenditures of $4.62 million.

The expenditures include about $3.6 million to rehab sites 18 and 20, $440,000 for a district-wide maintenance program and $104,000 for repairs to sites 12 and 22.

Lower Brushy Creek directors meet the third Monday of each month in the conference room of the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce, which is at 1519 N Main St, in Taylor. Those meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. and the public is always welcome.

Lower Brushy Creek directors set tax hearing, expect to lower rate