KILLEEN - Home values are up in Killeen meaning people there are looking at a raise in property taxes. Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra says homeowners will see a 2 dollar 22 cent increase to their bill every month if they live in a house valued around 116 thousand dollars. The figure may be higher or lower for others depending on your specific home value.
Killeen resident Malisa Nazario is one of many citizens now questioning her future living situation.
"I've known people who have lost their homes because they can't pay the taxes. I probably could stay here two or three more years and then try to sell the house and find a place that will be more affordable" says Nazario.
Other homeowners say they think the raise is another attempt by city leaders to recover millions of missing city funds by taking the money from citizens.
"Do something about it, it's your money that you need to get in it's not my burden" says Killeen homewoner Renate Reams.
However Mayor Segarra says higher home values isn't a trick to fix the cities budget crisis and that a raise in home values is actually a good thing.
"Home values have gone up and I think that's a good thing. Most people a lot of times complain about our area because we're not seeing appreciation but seeing it in the tax rolls is a good thing" says Segarra.
Segarra went on to say that the tax isn't nearly as bad as neighboring cities like Austin and that the value is correct for the level of growth that Killeen is seeing. The Killeen City Council will have the second and final public hearing on the property tax next week.