LAMPASAS — The Lampasas County Commissioners’ Court made final recommendations for the 2015 budget, including employee raises and the same tax rate as last year’s, during a budget workshop Thursday.
“We talked about some of those what-ifs and what effect they would have on the budget,” County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse said.
Commissioners agreed to give county employees a raise, but also discussed whether the raise should be a 2 percent or 3 percent increase, and if it should be across-the-board or weighted in favor of employees at the lower end of the pay scale, Boultinghouse said.
“That’s always been a bone of contention,” he said.
The court also is trying to maintain the same tax rate as the 2014 fiscal year, Boultinghouse said. Last year’s total property tax rate was 64.9 cents per $100 valuation.
“The only change would be whatever the increase in taxable valuation was, like new construction,” Boultinghouse said.
The commissioners will adopt the budget and tax rate at a Sept. 22 meeting.
No residents attended a special meeting called by the Lampasas City Council on Friday to offer input on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 81 percent.
Individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of individual property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted, according to a notice posted by the city.
Council members will vote on the proposed budget at a Sept. 8 meeting, City Manager Finley deGraffenried said.