Austin County Commissioners will continue to work on the proposed county budget during workshops Monday in Bellville.
Based on present budget requests, Austin County could see an almost 8 percent budget increase over this year. County department heads have requested just under $16 million for 2017-2018. That’s more than $1.1 million dollars above the current budget, and includes a three percent raise for county employees. Due to increased property valuations in Austin County, the current tax rate of .5435 per $100 valuation would bring in more than enough money to fund the proposed budget.
Following the budget workshops, Austin County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the budget on Monday, August 21st at 9 a.m.