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Burnet County commissioners propose tight budget; county employees to get a 2 percent raise

BURNET — After they recently approved some belt-tightening for the budget, the Burnet County commissioners plan to keep the property tax rate low during the upcoming fiscal year.

However, county employees will get a raise, officials said.

“Because of the recession, we feel we need to hold our spending,” County Judge Donna Klaeger said.

The commissioners intend to adopt a rate of 37.24 cents per $100 of property valuation to support the county budget for FY 2011-2012.

The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

No budget cuts will made to the Sheriff’s Office, volunteer firefighters and other county services, Klaeger said.

Other benefits include a long-awaited, cost-of-living increase of 2 percent for county employees, she added.

On the other hand, the cost of health insurance for employees is expected to increase by 7 percent.

Furthermore, all departments plan to reduce their requests for training and supplies by 10 percent.

Also, several road and building maintenance projects will have to wait until better times, Klaeger said.

“We hope the economy turns around,” she added.

raymond@thepicayune.com