At the end of the Aug. 15 meeting, it appeared there would be no tax rate increase this year.
Budget meetings started at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 with Recreation Director Matt Goins, and board members listened to their final department head Friday morning, Development Authority Executive Director Kathyjo Gordon.
Every presenter seemed to have a list of essential needs and not one of the requests was for a luxury item.
At the end of the rounds of requests, the budget expenses towered over the revenues by $1.8 million, which set up two options for the commissioners. They could raise taxes by close to three mills or start making cuts. By law, county budgets must be balanced.
Commissioner Jonathan Pitts brought the board a recommendation at the conclusion of the Aug. 15 session, which was also a called meeting. His suggestion was to give departments what they had last year and take out all salary increases. He noted that the county updated its pay scale for employees last year with the exception of the Sheriff’s Department.
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