The approved budget for fiscal year 2012-13 includes no tax increases, instead using around $1.7 million from the fund balance to fill budget holes. The tax rate remains 60 cents for the general fund and four cents for school and community college construction. The budget sticks with the county manager’s original school allocation proposal and includes a $400 bonus for full-time county employees.
Commissioner Jimmy Walker was the only member to vote against the budget, stating that it was a “fairly good product” but that he thought it could use a little more work. The county had to approve a budget by Saturday, as the new fiscal year begins Sunday, July 1. The commissioners have held numerous budget meetings over the past month.