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Commissioners set review of $109 million budget

Henderson County commissioners received a budget proposal Wednesday that keeps the tax rate at 51.36 cents per $100 valuation with an option to lower the rate to 50 cents.

The $109 million budget proposes no new positions. It allocates $30.37 million for county schools, 28 percent of the total, and $28.3 million to human services, or 26 percent of the pie.


Commissioners received a copy of the report and set a budget workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, to hear from department heads and review budget requests. It set a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3.
"We'll have department heads here and we can go over it," said chairman Charlie Messer. "I'm sure we'll have a lot of questions. I'm sure we'll hear from a lot of the citizens in the county about the needs between now and then."

Commissioner Grady Hawkins has proposed the tax cut of 1.36 cents per $100 valuation. County Manager Steve Wyatt has proposed a budget that keeps the current rate and one based on the lower rate Hawkins wants. The lower rate would generate $1.64 million less than the current levy.