Aransas County commissioners, at their meeting Monday, Aug. 5, approved six items related to the county’s budget and proposed tax rate.

The court discussed the budget briefly. Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills said the budget does not include the money the court wanted for employees, but it does provide for a small raise. He also noted the budget and proposed tax rate provides funding the county may need to pay the 10 percent match for grants for post-Harvey projects.

Commissioners approved all elected officials’ salaries and expenses for the 2020 budget year. Elected officials will receive the same percentage increase as employees.

The proposed tax rate approved (but not yet adopted) is $.451453. That is the “voter approval rate” (old rollback rate). If the rate were any higher, an election would have to be held to approve the rate.

The public hearings dates for the budget are Aug. 19 and Aug. 22.

The public hearing date for the tax rate is Aug. 26.

Commissioners are expected to adopt and approve the proposed 2020 budget and the 2019 tax rate at their regular meeting Aug. 26.

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