The tax rate for the 2009-10 fiscal year in Somervell County may result in an increase for residents.

The proposed tax rate discussed by county commissioners on Monday would increase taxes by .0163 cents, raising the rate from the current .3408 to .3571 cents. This would cost a homeowner of an $100,000 house an additional $16.30 on their 2009-10 taxes. The estimated additional tax revenue for the county is $968,140.

The rollback rate for the county would be .3572 cents.

County commissioners will hold two public hearings to discuss the proposed tax rate. The meetings are scheduled for Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

The tax rate is required to be adopted prior to October, making it effective for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Increases in the budget include updates for the fire department and the golf course.

The fire department requested an increase of $105,000 to repair a brush truck and replace Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs), which are out of date. The truck was estimated at $63,000 to repair, but County Judge Walter Maynard suggested the county spend a little more to buy a new truck, which was estimated at $78,500.

I personally think it would be better to get (a new) one up and running, he said.

The following $26,500 would go towards purchasing additional SCBAs, which are the lifelines for firefighters when they are battling flames. The current SCBAs were purchased in 2005 and are not up to the latest code, but they do work properly. Each apparatus costs between $3,300 to $5,300, allowing the department to purchase five to eight of them with the remaining money.

The golf course also requested a significant amount of money for repair grinders, which was not disclosed during court.