No Harlingen tax rate hike after all, at least not now

Harlingen residents are invited to attend a public hearing at city hall at noon Friday, after the City Commission Thursday decided it would not raise the property tax rate after all.
The commission’s action came at a special session. There were some indications, however, that an increase could be coming in the future.
The city tax rate is 58 cents per $100 valuation, which it has been for several years.

12 comments for “No Harlingen tax rate hike after all, at least not now

  1. erlkonig
    August 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Harlingen doesn’t know bad streets, traffic, or limited routes. A new dollar store opens up and immediately the city widens lanes, adds shoulders, resurfaces and paints the street to nowhere. It’s not that bad people, really. I get that it’s politically unfavorably to state such, but really now.

    • jjr
      August 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      “but really now”,seriously?

      We are not talking about expansion here erlk. We are talking about needed maintenance. It’s the most basic responsibility of any town or city to allocate funds from the city coffers to keep routine maintenance ROUTINE.

      Really now Erlk,you should know this,it’s so obvious.

  2. We need a tax increase
    August 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

    It is very disheartening that the City Commission is not moving forward with the tax increase. Since 2002, the rate has been the same. Yet, the city continues to grow and the residents continue to demand more. The city staff is expected to meet those demands and forced to do more with less. There are also unfunded mandates. Budgets have been sliced, and the staff is overworked. I understand the political ramifications of a tax increase for the City Commission. But let’s look at the bigger picture, folks.The hundreds of city workers, and ultimately the taxpayer, suffer. Happy workers and a good morale benefit the customer who is YOU the taxpayer. A tax increase is the right thing to do. Keeping the rate the same would be a huge injustice.

    • jjr
      August 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      It’s disheartening to know that some people think that more taxing is the solution to problems created by bad leadership.

      The whole point of good leadership in the running of a town,city,county or state is to keep taxes down. An increase in property tax is not a solution for mismanagement. It’s the same difference we have with the unfounded school tax increase.

      A huge injustice is the handling of funds from the city coffers and looking at the big picture,one can easily see that history shows us this.

  3. The Real Dennis
    August 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    We don’t need a tax increase! Property evaluations are going to increase THUS more tax money for the City of Harlingen. The other reason that a tax increase is not needed is pure and simple? Don’t make the taxpayers of Harlingen pay for the mistakes of our glorious mayor, city commissioners and city hall for failures like Bass Pro, Baxter Building, Convention Center, Reese, etc…. These pet projects of our glorious mayor are the reason for “HIM” wanting a tax increase. As for the idiot, Dan Serna for eliminating the police unit fund or whoever it was including that other idiot, Stephen Mayer, that seems to be the result of the lack of education, degree or how to manage money.
    To We need a tax increase, who are you that you want a tax increase? You are part of the Establishment circle for sure! You must be the owner of a company who works on streets? Or, maybe some construction owner waiting for that landfall from what will be definitely a failed convention center or work on the Baxter building? As for budgets being sliced and staff working harder? The blame is on our glorious mayor and his pet projects and hiring people who don’t hold the credentials for that position. Why do you think they hired another Ass’t City Manager with the credentials? He will do the work that the city manager is supposed to be doing just like what Gabe does, duh?

  4. The Real Dennis
    August 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Oh, don’t worry we need, our glorious mayor wants a tax increase? He will get it and with the support of the idiot lame city commissioners.

    • Kenneth J.Benton
      August 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Perhaps someone should call the Cameron Appraisal District and ask to see Harlingen certified tax roll for the past 10 years.

      While there have been no nominal tax rate increases I believe analysis which show that there has indeed been effective tax rate increases.

      And remember had we not gotten out of the Texas Municipal League the physical picture would be that much worse.

  5. The Real Dennis
    August 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Now the Port wants a tax levy? We are going from looking at a 4% tax increase to a 7% to 71/2% tax increase??? Mayor Chris Boswell, your mistakes are adding up numbnut!!!

    • Kenneth J.Benton
      August 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      It’s all in support of their new growth run Harlingen into the ground agenda

      • Kenneth J.Benton UI not to mention the Acropolis to be a catalyst to that grow your dick turn down everything and every turn and can come up with I know I know that's where is people's taxes that way no one want to come here's
        August 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        That should be no growth agenda.

        Why you got to do is take a look at the port they had ample opportunities to grow proposal from Burlington uNorthern Santa Fe to help them grow

        • Kenneth J.Benton UI not to mention the Acropolis to be a catalyst to that grow your dick turn down everything and every turn and can come up with I know I know that's where is people's taxes that way no one want to come here's
          August 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm

          The Harlingen Airport and aerotropolis to stimulate quality growth and quality job growth as well by the way

          Mercury in The Godfather of Doom can think of only low-wage jobs an enriching themselves at the expense of the jump I mean the taxpayers

  6. Kenneth J.Benton UI not to mention the Acropolis to be a catalyst to that grow your dick turn down everything and every turn and can come up with I know I know that's where is people's taxes that way no one want to come here's
    August 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Well can’t talk text so hunt and peck…. Ok I tried to say No Growth agenda. That is why the port has too high land lease prices and barge shipping is not competitive

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