Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Local News

October 29, 2012

Observe where your taxes are going

Athens — Henderson County tax statements have gone out to thousands of property owners this month.

Before the taxpayers send that check to Tax Assessor/Collector Milburn Chaney, it might be good to take a look at the statement, and see where the money is actually going.

Because the county handles the billing for 27 taxing entities, several totals are listed on the statement. A sample statement based on a property with a taxable value of $100,000 will help show how the money is distributed.

Seven taxing entities are listed on the bill in alphabetical order, beginning with the local school district, and ending with the tax for the Trinity Valley Community College district. The total payment due, adding up all seven entities is $2,323.59.

The Athens Independent School District gives its homeowners a $15,000 homestead exemption, brining the taxable value of the property down to $85,000 for the sample.

At a rate of 1.18647, the property owners’ AISD tax comes to $1,008.50.

The sample homestead is located in the city of Athens, and is assessed a city-property tax. At a rate of .63039 per $100 valuation, the city share is $630.39.

Athens water tax rate is .12467, and the amount taxed totals $124.67.

Henderson County’s tax rate of .40529 generates $405.29 of the total tax. This is to pay the county’s general fund expenses and debt service. The  County Road and Bridge tax generates funds for the precincts to use for services such as repairs.

This year’s rate of .013092 makes the payment due $13.09.  The county tax rate has changed little in recent years and the total 2013 rate of .4726580 is lower than the $.491649 adopted in 2006.

The County Farm-to-Market and Flood Control Fund accounts for $52.64 of the bill and the Trinity Valley Community College portion comes to $89.

Payments are due by the end of January. If the $2,329.59 total is not paid by that date, a 7-percent penalty is charged, raising the bill to $2,486. If the bill is not paid by the July deadline, the bill swells to $4,368.35.

Text Only
Local News
  • paul harris.jpg Paul Harris recognition

    Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn presents Rotarian Bill Burnett with his second Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians are given a Paul Harris recognition when a Rotarian donates $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-25 Sanders_Kendall.jpg Sanders suspended indefinitely

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
    Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 tree down college st. 1.JPG Thunderstorms take their toll on counties

    A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
    The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Council considering Burton's severance package

    The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Eustace ISD approves tax rates

    The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
    Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
    The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif TxDOT signs at issue in county

    It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
    TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool

    The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
    Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • • DSC_0162.JPG Ramps for handicapped

    Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded

    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo