Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez De Vara is proposing a 10% reduction in property tax rate in his 2013 budget, which, if approved, would mark the third consecutive year of dramatic cuts in the city’s tax rate.
Martinez De Vara said the loss in tax revenue for the city, which incorporated in 2008, would be offset by an increase in the sales tax rate.
Martinez De Vara, the town’s first and so far only mayor, said his innovative tax approach is made possible by a frugal city government. Rather than build a city hall, Martinez De Vara runs the city from his home office.
“A lot of things we can do online, we can do by fax,” said Martinez De Vara. “And we're a small enough city that if none of those are available options, I'll hand deliver it to you”
Roland Morales, who has lived in Von Ormy for 15 years, said he likes Martinez De Vara’s approach, and likes the changes he’s seen since incorporation.
“Ever since we became independent, it's been quite an improvement with the lights and the streets and everything like that,” said Morales.
Martinez De Vara said 95% of the city’s sales tax revenue comes from non-residents, and the city has incentives that attract businesses, like a new Pilot Truck Stop being built on I-35.
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