(Seguin) -- The forecast is calling for more people in Guadalupe County's future. Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher who recently helped the county adopt its budget and tax rate says all signs point to even more significant growth for the county.
Kutscher says he believes operating with a conservative budget today will help oversee the county's needs in the years to come. He says the projected numbers show a significant increase in the county's population.
"In terms of what's coming for the county, we've actually already received the paperwork for the redistricting and the census to already start working on that -- providing initial surveys back to the state and federal government. So we just did redistricting in 2010 where we saw an increase population from 89,000 people in 2000 to about 131,000 people and some estimates right now have showed that Guadalupe County is around 150,000 to 155,000 today. I think by 2020, when we get finished with the census, we may be around 165,000 to 175,000 people, maybe a little bit over that. So when we get to 2030, as a county and we're talking about the next census and redistricting process, some of those estimates are considerably higher --240 to 260,000 people with those issues. We try to take into consideration what the county is going to look like, how our tax payers and voters want the county to look like and how we can be prepared for what's coming," said Kutscher.
An increase in the future population is already showing signs. The county this week approved its budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The budget reportedly will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year's budget by an amount of $1,726,361. That's a 4.48 percent increase from last year's budget.