City may raise tax rate due to police needs
The Granbury City Council could raise the property tax rate by almost eight cents per $100 valuation to boost a police department that is struggling to keep up with the growing city's needs. Police Chief Mitch Galvan told the council at the city's annual budget workshop Monday that officers are leaving because the city's pay is not competetive and they are exhausted from routinely working overtime. City Manager Chris Coffman said that the city is just 75 people shy of the 10,000 mark. The cap on property tax rate increases recently signed into law by the governor does not affect the upcoming budget cycle, Coffman said. Even if the council approves the increase, Granbury's rate will still be among the lowest in the region, city officials said.