Velasco drainage district

Juan Figueroa, equipment tech, points to one of many screens that make up the Velasco Drainage District’s control center where they monitor all the pumps. Figueroa works in the office as well as going to the pumps.

CLUTE — The Velasco Drainage District Board of Supervisors approved raising the voter approval tax rate ceiling to 8 percent from 3.5 percent during emergencies.

Voters have to approve any increase of more than 3.5 percent, attorney Laurence Boyd said during Tuesday’s meeting. But if part of a drainage district is in an area declared a disaster area during the tax year, the board can set the higher ceiling, he said.

Raven Wuebker is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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