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About that Central Health budget
Friday, September 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Now that we’ve recovered from the city budget process, our eyes turn to Central Health. On Wednesday, the Central Health Board of Managers voted to pass its budget and tax rate, which will increase its total tax revenue by 4.5 percent. Board members approved a tax rate of 10.7 cents per $100 of property value, which is actually a decrease from the Fiscal Year 2017 rate of 11.1 cents. However, rising home values mean that the average Central Health taxpayer will see an annual increase of $12.50 in health district taxes. According to a press release, “Central Health expects to receive $181.8 million in property tax revenue in FY 2018, of which 96 percent will be used for health care delivery for low-income and uninsured Travis County residents.” More information about the Central Health budget can be found online – study up before the Travis County Commissioners Court votes on the final approval of the budget and tax rate on Sept. 19.
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