Author Topic: Affordable Care Act plays role in Tyler tax increase ( #Obamacare even causing property taxes to go up)  (Read 518 times)

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The City of Tyler approved a property tax hike in this morning’s city council meeting, as part of an overall approval of the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

The unanimous vote raises property taxes 7.2%, to a level of 22 cents per $100 valuation.

“This is a very responsible, needed approach,” said city council member Martin Heines.

Officials said part of the increase will be going towards paying higher healthcare costs brought on by Affordable Care Act reforms, which require them to pay for items not covered before.   

“Things like carrying dependents until the age of 26,” said Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel. “We have to pick up pre-existing conditions now, plus having to insure part time employees next year as well. It's just kind of a growing, ballooning cost that just like private business, the city is starting to have to pick up.”

There has been some discussion at my local city council about the need to raise taxes too.

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