AUSTIN To help cities, counties, school districts and other local taxing units successfully navigate the process of setting 2009 property tax rates, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs' Property Tax Assistance Division is hosting a statewide series of truth-in-taxation seminars this summer.

An Edinburg regional seminar is scheduled for Monday, July 27, at the Region I Education Service Center, located at 1900 W. Schunior Street.

"Our seminars offer step-by-step guidance on how to calculate the effective and rollback tax rates, what to publish and when to hold a tax rollback election," Combs said. "Our property tax experts will also discuss how recent changes in the law affect the process of adopting property tax rates for 2009."

The truth-in-taxation seminar will consist of two separate presentations. The morning session, from 9 a.m. - noon, will focus exclusively on setting tax rates for taxing units other than school districts. The afternoon session, from 1 - 4 p.m., will cover the process of setting school tax rates.

The seminar is free, but pre-registration is required to guarantee receiving a copy of the Comptroller's Truth-in-Taxation publication and the presentation slides. Use the registration form at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/tnt09registration.pdf.