Brady Council Sets 2022 Tax Rate, Offer To McCulloch Co. For EMS Services

At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the Brady City Council voted for a proposed tax rate for 2022 that will be down slightly from the 2021 rate.  In 2021, the City tax rate was .39 cents per $100 valuation. For 2022, the Council is proposing to lower the rate to .375 cents per $100 valuation.  With the increase in property valuations in the City, this lower rate will still generate $33,000 more in revenue than last year.

The 2022 tax rate will not be finalized until after a public hearing and a second volte by the Council.

In other action Tuesday, after a lengthy Executive Session, the Council voted 5-0 to offer to McCulloch County Commissioners a contract to provide EMS services in the County for $215,000 for this year.  Appearing on KNEL’s Morning Program Wednesday, Brady Mayor Tony Groves outlined the rationale behind the offer.

Mayor Groves said City taxes pay for the EMS service in the City and, and it has also delivered EMS service in the county in the past. And, he noted there has always been a discussion with the Commissioners’ Court on how much they are willing to pay for the service. In the end, he said the City Council looked at all of the billing for this previous year and took the percentage of the runs that were done in the County at 16%. And, they look at the expense to have an EMS service, they believe the County should pay 16% of that to have an EMS service in the County.  Otherwise, they believe the taxes and revenue of City folks are subsidizing the County by paying that larger portion of the total expense.

The Mayor noted that in the past there have been discussions about the County’s share of the EMS expense. This year, the Council voted unanimously to present what — in the case of this year — is 16% value to the County and say to them,  “Here’s the cost of the service. If you want it, sign up to this offer. If you don’t want it, we’ll discontinue the service in the County and the County can take care of that need as they choose — whether they pick another service or the service is provided through some other system. ”