BELTON — The Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the district’s proposed tax rate of 4/100 of a cent per $100 valuation.

The tax rate is the same rate that the district has used since 2006.

“We don’t raise taxes because we don’t need the money,” said Leland Gersbach, Clearwater board president. “We have enough money to do the science that we need to do.”

Although the district’s tax rate is not increasing, the average taxable value of homes in the district has increased.

Last year, the average taxable value of a home in the Clearwater district was about $129,000; this year, the value is just over $130,000.

“There’s always some natural increase because of growth in the county,” Gersbach said.

He added that the budget increases that follow property tax increases are enough to cover any inflation of Clearwater’s costs.

Dirk Aaron, Clearwater’s district manager, said that even with increased property values, Clearwater’s tax is “still the smallest one on the tax bill.”

“The most we can legally charge is 1 cent,” Aaron said.

The tax on the average home in the Clearwater district will be $5.22, according to figures from the district.

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