On July 22, 2021, City Council approved Ordinance No. 21-12, authorizing a special election to be held on November 2, 2021, on a proposition to vote for or against an increase in the local sales and use tax rate by 0.25% (quarter-cent). This would bring the total sales and use tax rate in the city from 8.00% to 8.25%.
August 16, 2021 – Last day to order General Election or Special Election
October 4, 2021 – Last day to register to vote
October 18, 2021 – First day of Early Voting by personal appearance
October 22, 2021 – Last day to accept application by mail for a ballot to be voted by mail
October 29, 2021 – Last day of early voting by personal appearance
November 2, 2021 – Election Day
The City of Helotes currently has 0.25% (quarter-cent) of local sales and use tax capacity available. Increases in the local sales and use tax rate must be approved by the registered voters of the city and can be adopted in one-eighth of one cent increments. The purpose of the following FAQ section is to provide factual information on the sales and use tax special election.
In Texas, sales tax is applied to the purchase of most goods and services. Texas sales tax varies by location. There is a statewide sales tax of 6.25%. In addition, local taxing jurisdictions such as cities, can impose a sales tax of up to 2.00%, for a maximum tax rate of 8.25%.
The current total sales and use tax rate in the City of Helotes is 8.00%. If the proposed additional sales and use tax of 0.25% (quarter-cent) is approved by Helotes voters during the November 2, 2021, election, the rate would increase to 8.25%.
The current sales and use tax rate for Helotes breaks down as follows:
The proposed quarter-cent sales and use tax revenue would increase the City of Helotes General Fund from 1.00% to 1.25%. Proceeds in the General Fund pay for services that include police, fire, the maintenance and beautification of city parks, public works, special community events, and certain infrastructure improvements. The additional quarter-cent sales and use tax will continue to be used for these purposes.
If approved, the quarter-cent would generate approximately $300,000.00 in revenue during Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
A vote against the proposed quarter-cent sales and use tax may cause revenue loss and possible negative impacts on city services.
No, this election has nothing to do with property tax rates in Helotes.
At the November 2, 2021, election, voters may vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the proposition:
“The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Helotes at the rate of one and one quarter percent (1.25%).”
Below are the current sales and use tax rates of a few neighboring cities: