BOLIVAR PENINSULA

Katryna Harris said she heard about the idea for the first time on Tuesday.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Judge Office

This article has some factual inaccuracies. Galveston County Commissioners has lowered the tax rate below the effective rate 8 years in a row. The effective rate represents the true tax rate when includinb the valuation increases from the central appraisal district. For example, Galveston County lowered the tax rate by 3.5% last year taking $800,000 less in taxes than the previous year. That means even if you had received an increase in your appraisal, the county’s taxes were less. It is true that the county does have increased revenues, but this is from a 4-6% growth rate of new construction and homes not on the tax rolls from the previous year. It’s also important to remember that the county only represents a small portion of your overall tax bill depending on where you live. If your taxes have been going up the past 8 years, it’s not from the county. That is a result of cities, ISD’s and other special taxing districts on your tax bill.

The county conducted an analysis 4 years ago showing that for every $1 collected from Bolivar Peninsula, the county spends $2 in services on the peninsula. We’re conducting an updated analysis this week and will be providing the Daily News that info as soon as it is available.

Ted Gillis

This is just plain silly. Any elected official who is wasting their time trying to figure out how to accomplish this is wasting our time. Get back to work.

George Croix

According to Mr. 'Office': [wink]
"The county conducted an analysis 4 years ago showing that for every $1 collected from Bolivar Peninsula, the county spends $2 in services on the peninsula."

If true, there's one financial motive for change, IF equal services were provided from the new county of residence, so the residents don't become spreadsheet pawns....

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