Milano: City Approves Tax Increase

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

MILANO (March 22, 2013)--City leaders met Friday night to discuss a possible tax increase.

The city approved a tax rate of 25 cents per $100 valuation, the highest increase that can be applied in a city its size.

With the higher taxes, the city can now move forward with getting its own
police department.

According to Milano's city secretary, the city has never had a tax base and needed to establish one before a TCLEOSE number could be assigned to the police department.

The mission of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, as a regulatory state agency, is to establish and enforce standards to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel, TCLEOSE's website says.

The tax increase will pay for cleaning up the town and law enforcement.

Many taxpayers are upset because they believe the meeting was kept quiet until plans were finalized.

The city said they look forward to making the community a better place to live.

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