Budget approved; tax rate increase passes

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Alan Hughes, center, president of South Limestone County Water Supply, questions Limestone County commissioners court at Monday’s final public hearing before the vote that passed the new budget. Hughes expressed concern about the higher tax rate and residents’ ability to afford to pay it. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court approved the proposed $24.34 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, with changes made to move almost half a million dollars to the contingencies fund in case the NRG lawsuit ruling takes more money from the county. Monday’s vote was not unanimous, however, as Commissioner William “Pete” Kirven voted against.

Since the NRG Energy Power Plant is contesting its appraisal, maintaining it should be much lower than it is, commissioners held a budget workshop last week to come up with places in the budget to put a hold on spending so the county would not be caught short if the tax income from the plant is much lower than expected.

Commissioner Bobby Forrest explained what they did in the public hearing that took place just before Monday’s vote, and that information can be found on Page 12.

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