By Ken Esten Cooke —
Taxing entities will benefit from Gillespie County’s record valuations, as finalized tax rolls showed a 4.7 percent increase.
The certified values from the Gillespie Central Appraisal District also showed record valuations after a dip during the 2009-2011 recession.
Gillespie’s county-wide values were tabbed at $7,340,943,122, an increase of $332,683,064 or 4.7 percent over 2014 valuations.
The previous record for Gillespie County was $7,218,740,682 in 2008.
Chief Appraiser David Oehler said though about 250 properties still remain under protest, the amount represents 98 percent of the rolls.
Valuations include market rates for residential, agricultural and commercial properties, but exemptions are not figured in to final totals, Oehler said.