The Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine
Brewster County Commissioners have voted to move the special tax rollback election from December 6 to January 13, 2015.
Judge Kathy Killingsworth explained the change was to satisfy discrepancies between the election code and the tax code and avoid any future litigation regarding county procedure.
“It’s unfortunate the plain language of the tax code and election code are in conflict with one another,” Killingsworth said.
Killingsworth said she did not think moving the election was in the best interest of the county. After the first of the year, she said, the county will need to spend additional funds to send refunds back to taxpayers, as well as pay legal fees, which she predicted would be “exorbitant.”
Killingsworth has stated in the past that she does not think this rollback, if it passes, will have much impact on tax bills.
“We’re talking about a $20 increase on a $100,000 home,” she reiterated in commissioners’ court on Monday.
When asked just how much extra money this new election date will cost the county, Killingworth responded, “I have no clue. I don’t have the attorney’s bill yet.”
– Paige Phelps