Commissioners pass budget with lowest tax rate in more than 15 years

Galveston County Commissioners have successfully decreased the property tax rate for the sixth consecutive year and brought the rate down to its lowest point since 2000. In a 4-1 vote, commissioners approved the fiscal year 2017 budget which included a 2.65 percent decrease from this year’s tax rate. Commissioners were also successful in lowering the county’s overall debt to a 38 percent decrease since 2010. Six years ago Galveston County was faced with $343.3 million in publicly financed debt and held the title of having the second highest per capita debt burden in the State of Texas. According to the county auditor, Galveston County has an overall debt of about $220 million heading into th