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Abilene City Council to make final decision on tax rate increase Tuesday

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene City Council will decide whether or not to increase the property tax rate during Tuesday night 's meeting.

The tax rate being proposed is $0.7751 per $100 of taxable value, according to the city, which is an increase of about 3 cents.

"For the average appraised person, the average home value in Abilene, say it's around $100,000 it's a little bit less I think, one penny on the tax rate is about $.80 per month, " said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna. "These couple pennies will raise you about a $1.60 more or less per month."

The extra money would go toward the Abilene Convention Center and the self-insurance fund. Council will also approve a $92,352,000 general fund budget. Last year's budget was $88,912,600.

Also on the agenda: a grant from the Governor's office will allow the Abilene Police Department to apply for 117 sets of body armor. Last year, the police department and the city purchased 150 sets of body armor. Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said that wasn't enough.

"117 would equip all remaining officers, plus the academy class that just graduated and the academy class that will start next year. It will also equip all of our fire arson investigators, who are licensed piece officers, and it will equip our marshals division," Standridge said.

"I'd rather spend other people's money … than the city of Abilene's," Hanna said.

Council will also look into replacing the CityLink roof that was damaged from a hail storm back in 2014.

Tuesday's city council meeting will begin at 5:30p.m. at City Hall.

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