The Stephenville City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate at 5:30 Tuesday at City Hall. 

The tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year was .485% and the proposed rate for the upcoming year is .495%. The tax hike has faced criticism from the public. 

At last week's meeting the budget was amended to feature cuts that would balance the budget without the tax increase and was later passed.

"I still encourage the citizens to come to the next two meetings to make sure that the tax rate doesn't rise," said Russ McDanel, place 4, following last week's meeting.