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August 27--  Taxing authorities in Montgomery County are holding the line on property taxes this year.

At a called meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners, the board approved a property tax millage rate of 14.917 mils, a slight one-tenth of a mil increase.

It also approved the school board's millage rate of 15 mils, the same as last year.

County voters will have two opportunities next year to vote on extending one penny sales taxes to pay for capital expenditures by the county.

The Commission is starting consideration of projects to be funded if voters approve extension of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.   County Manager Brandon Braddy said one project being discussed is paving nearly two miles of Jones Road off Highway 135 near Uvalda.  He says the county already has right of way on the road.

The Commission is planning to meet with elected officials of the county's municipalities to discuss distribution of revenue if voters okay a five-year extension of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.  Braddy says the county would use proceeds for buildings and grounds, equipment and vehicles.  He expects a new ambulance would be included and possibly construction of a new EMS station for the county.

He notes the use of sales tax money helps the county avoid increases in property taxes.

Meanwhile, the Commission is considering seeking federal rural development loans and grants to refinance some county equipment and to buy more.