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Commissioners adopt balanced budget, set tax rate

LibertyCountycommissioners approved the 2019 Fiscal Year budget during yesterday’s regular meeting. Liberty County Judge Jay Knight said it’s a balanced budget that maintains the same tax rate as the 2018 budget. The 2019 Fiscal Year budget begins on October 1 of this year and runs through September 30, 2019. The adopted tax rate is 57.88 cents per $100 in property valuation. Because of an increase in property values countywide, the tax rate will allow the county to take in $2.13 million more in revenue as compared to the 2018 budget. The newly adopted budget calls for General Fund spending and revenues of $35.276 million. That is up 6.32 percent from the 2018 budget. The budget also includes a pay increase for commissioners and other elected officials. As we previously reported, commissioners and the county judge will receive a 10 percent pay increase plus an additional $4,160 in travel allowance. For the 2019 Fiscal Year, commissioners will receive a salary of $74,880 plus another $20,000 in travel allowance and a $600 cell phone allowance. That is a total of $95,480 each. That compensation package is up $10,967 for each commissioner. While the commissioners’ salary increased 10 percent, other elected officials received a 5 percent pay raise for the coming fiscal year. Again, Liberty County commissioners adopted a balanced budget for the 2019 Fiscal Year. It is funded with a tax rate of 57.88 cents per $100 in value - that is unchanged from the current budget.

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