After two contentious public hearings, the Dawson County Hospital District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to adopt an ad valorem property tax rate of 45.7517 cents per $100 valuation this past Wednesday.
    That tax rate is an 8.77 cent increase over last year’s tax rate of 36.9800 cents and a 10 cent increase over this year’s effective tax rate of 35.7517 cents.
    The effective tax rate is the number calculated by the Dawson County Central Appraisal District as being the rate required to generate approximately the same amount of tax revenue as last year.
    According to information from the hospital district that was published in the Press-Reporter, the tax bill on an average taxable value home will increase by $46.44.
    Part of that increase also is due to increased appraisal values set by the Appraisal District, which changed the average taxable value home from $44,164 last year to $45,847 this year.
    This year’s rollback tax rate is 37.6842 cents, which is just over eight cents below the rate actually adopted by the hospital board and is just over seven cents above last year’s tax rate.


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