As Mayor of Kurten, I was responsible for developing and presenting the budget. I never proposed an increase in the tax rate my ten years as Mayor. Unfortunately, the tax rate is just one component of how much we, as property owners pay each year for property taxes. With evaluations going up, even if tax rates go down we find ourselves with a bigger property tax bill. I will be an advocate for lowering our property tax bills not just the rate. To do this we as the Commissioner’s Court have to approve a tax rate that is a “no new revenue option” The other side of the equation is spending. I would look at all expenses and see where the county can become more efficient while still providing the services you need. Many of us in Brazos County are operating our personal budget in a “no new revenue” scenario. Our county government needs to do the same.