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County tax rate up slightly after more reductions
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING -- San Jacinto County taxpayers may pay a little more this next year in taxes following a special meeting to adopt a fi scal year 2011-2012 budget and tax rate to fund the budget. In a three to two vote, commissioners’ court adopted the county’s new general fund budget totaling $8.5 million, down from $9.6 million in 2010-2011, according to San Jacinto County Auditor Carole Martin. The new tax rate to fund the adopted budget is the county’s effective tax rate of .6376 per $100 property valuation. Last year’s rate was .6236, according to Martin. “This represents a .014 or one penny and four tenth’s of a penny over last year’s rate,” Martin said. The county’s overall budget amounts to $23 million in expenditures and revenue, which includes $9.4 million in grants. About 30 to 40 people fi lled the courtroom for the special meeting with some voicing their concerns over raising taxes during a time for public comment on the agenda. The adopted budget does not include any new employees, capital outlay or salary increases for employees or elected offi cials but will include money for at least three new patrol cars for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department. When asked by San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner if his deputies could leave patrol cars at the sheriff’s offi ce instead of driving them home and possibly save money, Sheriff Walters said, “Deputies live in high crime areas and can get to the scene of a crime a lot faster if they have their patrol car with them.” Following a request from Pct. 1 Commissioner Laddie McAnally the court looked at each department’s budget, cutting the budgets of many elected offi cials that showed funds budgeted but not being used such as schooling, travel expenses, operating supplies, telephone budgets and records preservation. Overall about $100,000 was chopped from the budget before it was passed by Commissioners Mark Nettuno, Butch Moody and County Judge Faulkner. Pct. 1 Commissioner McAnally and Pct. 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs voted against the budget and tax rate.