As an early September date approaches to set a property tax rate for Tom Green County, officials heard plenty of opposition to their plan to raise taxes for residents. Today (yesterday) Commissioners held the first of 2 public hearings on a proposal to raise the rate. The room was full of taxpayers who are opposed to the new tax rate and several spoke. The rate is planned to be a little over 55 cents per 1 hundred dollars valuation. The budget will provide a salary increase for employees and elected officials. The next public hearing will be Thursday evening August 22nd at 6:30 pm on the second floor of the Keyes building at 113 West Beauregard.