Brown County’s appraised taxable value in 2007 is $1.78 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over 2006’s taxable value of $1.66 billion, the county’s chief appraiser, Doran Lemke, said.

“I’ve been here 15 years. It’s been a 4 to 10 percent (increase) every year,” Lemke said.

He said the increase is a reflection of higher appraisals and $29 million in new property, and he isn’t surprised at the amount of the increase.

“I just think we’ve got a good economy — a good mix between industry, agriculture and recreation,” Lemke said. “We have a cross section of all of it, and that’s real healthy.”

Taxable values of individual entities are:

City of Early — $143.4 million, 14 percent increase from $125.8 million. City of Bangs — $33.8 million, 15 percent increase from $29.4 million. City of Blanket — $6.2 million, 10.4 percent increase from $5.6 million. City of Brownwood — $626.9 million, 6.8 percent increase from $586.9 million. Zephyr ISD — $30 million, 7.9 percent increase from $27.8 million. Brookesmith ISD — $42.7 million, 9.5 percent from $39 million. Early ISD — $212.5 million, 13.6 percent from $187 million. Bangs ISD — $225.1 million, 12.7 percent increase from $199.7 million. Blanket ISD — $35.5 million, 9.7 percent from $32.4 million. Brownwood ISD — $1.01 billion, 5.8 percent increase from $9.61 million. May ISD — $112.8 million, 7.8 percent increase from $104.7 million.