There was no public turn out for a hearing Tuesday, September 8, whereby the City of Sonora Council proposed a tax rate increase for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The proposed rate, also called the voter-approval tax rate, is $0.717566 which is 71 cents per $100 property valuation. The proposed tax rate is greater than the current tax rate of 68 cents.

The new proposed rate is the highest tax rate that the City of Sonora may adopt without holding an election and seeking voter approval.
All of the council members were present for the hearing. No action was taken. However, all of the council members indicated they are in favor of increasing the tax rate.

Another public hearing is set for Monday, September 14, 2020 to give residents an opportunity to weigh in on the City’s 2020-2021 proposed budget.
If approved, the new budget, based on the 71 cent tax rate, will require $60,663 more in revenue than last year’s budget.

The proposed increase in tax revenue will help offset the city’s expenses which include infrastructure loan payments and maintenance.

Mayor Wanda Shurley said the council will vote to adopt the tax rate and budget this coming Monday following the public hearing. The council is expected to also meet on Monday, September 21, for their regular meeting.

Mayor Shurley presided over the meeting. Council members Juanita Gomez, Lionel Cervantez, Norm Rousselot and Harold Martinez was present.