Grayson County commissioners started pounding out the 2019 budget Monday. The budget will not be official until October, but county leaders are stacking up the additions and deletions elected officials and department heads wish lists this week. “It is easier to budget when times are hard,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers told commissioners. “You just say ‘No’ to everything.”
Here are the things they said “yes” to on Monday:
44.18 cents per $100 valuation: The agreed upon tax rate for the 2019 budget, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers proposed. Last year’s rate was 46.03 cents, a rate decrease of 1.85 cents.
$1,291,411: The amount of revenue from new properties included in the budget.
$1,920,695: The amount of increased property tax revenue over last year’s levy.
3 percent: The amount of salary increase each elected official and department head will have to split up among his or her employees under the new budget.
3 percent: is also the amount of increased payment aimed at fire departments and ambulance providers that provide services in the unincorporated areas of the county.
4.8 percent: is the amount of increase in health care cost the county is absorbing for its employees without increasing their costs.
$400,000: The amount the commissioners transferred out of the Grayson County Health Department funds into the general fund. The money comes from a program devised by health department officials to test food service workers throughout the state.
$50,000: The amount the county is going to donate to the Loy Park Improvement Association to build accessible restrooms at the park.