Brownsville Residents Fight Property Tax Hike

POSTED: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 9:21pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

Brownsville City leaders held a public meeting so property owners could speak out on a proposed property tax increase, prompting some to lash out against the tax hike.
Starting in October, City leaders want to raise property taxes, two cents from 65 to 67 cents.
Brownsville residents say every little cent does count.
With a tea cup and a bucket in his hand, Dagoberto Barrera is ready to fight.
"Every year, it's more taxes, more taxes, more taxes, and we've had it."
At tonight's meeting, Barrera did a demonstration for the Commissioners and the Mayor.
City leaders are proposing a two cent increase on all homes, land, and businesses.
If the tax increase is passed, an average 80-thousand dollar home owner will now have to pay about 12 dollars more.
Dagoberto says, "We're not their piggy bank, we're all in a recession, we're all hurting."
This high tax protestor says, in tough times like these, he'll continue to count his pennies, and he hopes, city leaders realize the power of a few pennies.
"A penny saved is a penny earned," he says.
Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada says, it's important that they raise property taxes because the city currently is experiencing a four million dollar deficit.
He says, if something isn't done, they'll have to start cutting city jobs.

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