Monday Commissioners court will hold a public hearing to discuss a tax increase. These funds will be used for maintenance and operations of roads and bridges, health and welfare, and a list of other departments within the county. Commissioner, John Galo says Commissioners court looks at what’s best for the community.
"There's always a discussion who needs what to accomplish their goals are for the community and we have to decide how to allocate these funds across the board."
Galo says an increase in taxes is usually not what people want to hear, but this year because of new revenues made by the county everyone will benefit.
"Everyone would like to see taxes lower, but we have been fortunate with the Eagle Ford and oil fields. This year minerals valuations have exceeded land valuations. We've had an increase in oil and gas revenues so were actually looking at a tax decrease, so it means more revenue for the county and looking to reduce the rate for everybody."
Safety is at the top of list when it comes to allocating money and a large chuck will go toward the judicial system. Jocelyn Contreras has lived in Webb county all her life and is happy money is going toward law enforcement.
"I do agree we need more police officers to patrol the streets.”
The hearing is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.