For the second time in as many years, the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has lowered its tax rate. On Sept. 5, MTGCD's board of directors voted to lower taxes within the District from 1.45 cents to 1.25 cents per $100 valuation. Since its formation, the MTGCD held the line at 1.5 cents until September of 2012, when the rate was cut to 1.45 cents. The board determined that the district could continue to operate effectively and at the same time, give the taxpayers some relief.

Prior to 2009, the MTGCD served Comanche and Erath counties. However, Bosque and Coryell counties petitioned to be annexed and after public hearings and elections, both became a part of MTGCD. Tax revenues from two additional counties resulted in economies of scale that made a tax reduction feasible.

It was unanimous among the directors that a tax reduction was the right thing to do, but due to unfunded mandates coming out of Austin, they seriously deliberated over what the reduction should be, said Joe Cooper, MTGCDs general manager.

The board consist of 12 individuals, three from each County. As elected officials they set policy for the district. Directors from Comanche County are Rodney Stephens, George Bingham and Jerry Fronterhouse. Directors from Erath County are Jerry Hinshaw, Fred Parker and Ed Dittfurth. Directors from Bosque County are Barbara Domel, B. J. Conrad and Alan Day. The Directors from Coryell County are W. B. Maples, Wyllis Ament and Bob Meharg.

The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at 930 Wolfe Nursery Road in Stephenville. Additional information about MTGCD is available at www.middletrinitygcd.org.