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County tax hearing draws little interest



LIVINGSTON — Indian Springs property owner and businessman J.S. Lee was the only taxpayer who rose to speak Tuesday at the public hearing on the county's proposed tax rate, which marks the first time in eight years County Commissioners have proposed a rate increase. Lee spoke against the rate increase saying his three friends who sat in the audience at the six minute hearing also opposed it, but decided not to speak. Lee asked several questions that were not on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, such as increases in tax appraisals and inquiries about the proposed budget. County Judge John Thompson directed him to recent Enterprise coverage as well as the proposed budget available for inspection on the county's website at www.co.polk.tx.us. Taxpayers will have the opportunity to make comments on the budget at a public hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Sept. 3 meeting was the last required public hearing on the tax rate. At the regular 10 a.m. session of Commissioners Court, a record vote will be taken on the tax rate and budget. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the County Courthouse. Those who attend should be reminded that the court does not set taxable values. Notices were sent out by the Appraisal District in April and the Appraisal Review Board appeals process ended in May.


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