Monday, Aug. 19, the Robertson County Board of Commissioners approved a budget of $170,360,269 for the fiscal year 2019-20 with no property tax increase.
“It was a good budget. I’m sure there’s a lot of mayors would love to had our budget and our situation this year,” Mayor Billy Vogle said.
The 2019-20 budget is about $5 million more than last year’s budget of $165 million.
According to Vogle, this budget increase will allow a 2.5 percent raise for county employees and a 3 percent raise to employees in hazardous positions such as police officers and EMS.
“We’re doing all we can to keep the qualified officers and law enforcement, EMS workers we can because there’s other cities that would love to have somebody who’s already trained. So we got to try to keep this people because it cost quite a bit of money to train these people,” Vogle said.
The property taxes will remain at $2.5759 per $100 of taxable property with slight distribution changes. The general fund was increased from $1.07 to $1.13 and the school fund was increased from $0.88 to $0.90 while the debt services fund was decreased from $0.57 to $0.50. The solid waste and sanitation fund remained the same at $0.05.
The new budget was approved with 22 votes in favor, Commissioner James Bowens abstained and Commissioner Bob Hogan voted not in favor. No discussion was brought up in reference to any items in the budget.
The school fund will be gaining an additional $4 million in the 19-20 fiscal year, which brings the total to $108 million.
As part of the general fund, the sheriff’s department will receive over $13.7 million from the funds - overall a $328,757 increase from the previous year.
“A little tax increase might not have hurt anything to keep us more in line for what’s coming down the road in the future, but we decided to wait and tackle that next year,” Vogle said.