Local leaders address state of the county

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Cuero Development Corporation held a state of the city address for their October Community Leaders’ Meeting. DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, Cuero Health CEO Lynn Falcone, Cuero ISD Superintendent Dr. Micah Dyer and City of Cuero city manager Raymie Zella spoke at the meeting Friday, Oct. 5.

Fowler opened with comments on how the county environment has changed fiscally and physically since his time as county judge, specifically going through the oil boom. In his first year, the county’s property tax base was just under $1 billion and increased to a peak of $7.1 billion in 2015. The combined real property and mineral property value sits at $4.5 billion.

“We are on the rebound,” Fowler said. “Everything reverts to the mean. It’s not a unique business.”

Road renovations continue throughout the county with $120 million being set aside for repairs.

Seventy-nine percent of taxable property comes from mineral values (oil and gas interests) with the remaining 21 percent coming from real property (17%) and frozen homesteads (4%).

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