Highlights For Approved Hays County FY 2021 Budget

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Following a public hearing on September 22 that included public comments, the Hays County Commissioners Court adopted a budget for the Fiscal Year 2021, which took effect on Oct. 1.

“Ensuring our employees have the resources they need to provide a high level of service to our residents was the main goal of this budget,” Pct. 4 Commissioner Walt Smith said. “We made some tough choices and compromises to create a strong budget that keeps us well-positioned financially.”

The approved budget highlights include:

Balanced budget reducing Tax Rate to .4212, or $.4212 per $100 home valuation; the FY20 Adopted Tax Rate was .4237.

Funding for the Following Capital Projects:

  • $750K – Flood Mitigation Projects
  • $500K – Ground Water Modeling
  • $100K – Criminal Justice Capital Funding

Funding for the Following Capital Assets:

  • $486K – WestNet Fire/EMS CAD Program
  • $80K – Waterline Improvements for Jail
  • $90K – Software/Hardware Programs for Various Depts
  • $202K – Upgraded Civil Process Software for Constables
  • $110K – HCSO funding for 10 additional leased vehicles with capital equipment vehicle package for patrol units
  • $54K – Constable Pct. 2 funding for two additional leased vehicles with capital equipment vehicle package

Personnel (includes fringe)

  • $1.5M – Salary Market Increases for Law Enforcement positions per Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • $344K – 2% COLA for Employees and Dept. Heads effective 4/1/20 (excludes Elected Officials)
  • $845K – New Positions for expansion of Jail Operations
  • $223K – New Positions & related Vehicles and Equipment for Constable Precincts 1, 4 & 5

“During these uncertain times, I submitted a lean budget,” said Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra. “One key item was a three-million-dollar cut to wasteful outsourcing of inmates. This allowed me to set the budget to last fiscal year’s numbers and ensure that all our strides in judicial investments remain effective.”

He added, “As a result, our adopted budget had a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, allowed us to reinvest heavily in our judicial system, and a lower tax rate was achieved.” 

Average Home Values, Exemptions, and Average Property Tax Increase FY 2019-2021

Note: Increase due to new growth/additional taxes collected, not the tax rate


FY 2019


Court Adopted FY 2021

Average Home Value




Homestead Exemption




Taxable Value




Adopted Tax Rate




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“The Hays County Commissioners Court put together a budget that balances the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides the necessary services to the citizens of Hays County,” said Pct. 2 Commissioners Mark Jones. “I would like to thank my colleagues for working together during this challenging time to accomplish this goal.”

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