Tax rate will likely stay the same, high school in the works


By A.C. Hall

At their meeting last week, the Benbrook City Council got news of a small increase in tax revenues in their city as they instructed staff to move forward with property tax calculations.  The current property tax rate is .6575 and council appeared ready to leave that rate where it stands for the upcoming year.  

“The City Council is not raising the taxes,” council member Ron Sauma said.

Sauma spoke about confusion some of the tax numbers cause each year, but said multiple times that the council is not raising the tax rate.

A motion was passed to accept the 2013 certified appraisal rolls from Tarrant County, to set the anticipated tax collection rate at one hundred percent, and to instruct staff to move forward with calculating and publishing the effective tax rate and roll back tax rate.

Council will officially adopt a tax rate at one of their upcoming meetings as they move forward with the 2013-2014 budget process.


High school possible for city


Fort Worth ISD consultants presented to the board of education an idea for a high school in Benbrook this past week. On Aug. 13 the nine trustees will vote on whether to call for an approximate $785 million bond election that includes other improvements as well.

Benbrook, who thought about leaving the FWISD in past years, currently sends its students to Western Hills High School. The bond proposal calls for creating a new high school by converting Benbrook Middle School and nearby Westpark Elementary School into a complex to serve grades six through 12. A new elementary school would be built for Westpark students.

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