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Beaumont council sets hearings on proposed tax increase; Getz proposes water park
BEAUMONT - Beaumont City Council has voted 7-0 to hold two public hearings on a proposed 69 cent tax rate, which would be 5 cents more than the current rate. It would be the first tax increase in a decade. The revenue would help pay for a number of road projects and other infrastructure improvements.
Also today, Councilman Michael Getz called for a public referendum on his proposal that the city build a water park similar to Pirates Bay Water Park in Baytown. Council voted 6-1 against adding the proposed water park project to the city's capital improvements program.
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The proposed tax rate is 4 1/2 cents above the effective rate--the amount need to bring in the same amount of tax revenue. The increase would help pay for a number of city projects, including road improvement projects.
The city plans public hearings on the proposed increase. One hearing will be August 27, to allow the public to offer input on the proposed budget and tax rate, and another hearing September 10 on the tax rate. Both will begin at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers.