LAMPASAS — County commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2014 budget and tax rate during a special meeting Monday morning, allowing themselves only half the proposed pay raise that was much disputed during a public forum last week. The budget is 7.69 percent more than last year’s budget and includes a salary increase of 6 percent for all county employees. Commissioners had originally considered a 12 percent pay raise for themselves in an effort to more closely match commissioners’ salaries in neighboring communities.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the budget, with Precinct 1 Commissioner Robert Vincent voting no. His vote stemmed from a request by Lampasas that the county pay half the cost of an additional firefighter at the joint-use station that opened in April.
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