County aims to stay at effective tax rate, maybe lower

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners agreed at their specially called budget workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 15, to hold the upcoming fiscal year’s tax rate to less than the effective tax rate and possibly go even lower.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had submitted a preliminary budget a day before the meeting, and went over a list of any significant budget changes with commissioners at the workshop. The list of changes is included at the end of this article.
Burkeen commended all department heads for doing a good job in trying to trim their budgets.
“We had another lean year, hopefully the last lean year,” he said. “I checked natural gas prices again this morning, and unless they plunge before the first, next year will be a better year, and their value will go up a little bit; and things will hopefully happen at the prison and Precinct 2 will get some windmills in there, maybe not for next year but the year after next.”

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