Commissioners to vote on county budget Friday

Posted 9/29/20

Madison County Commissioners will convene in a special session Friday morning to vote on the county’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which actually begins on Thursday.

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Commissioners to vote on county budget Friday

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Madison County Commissioners will convene in a special session Friday morning to vote on the county’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which actually begins on Thursday.

Commissioners had earlier delayed passage of the budget during their regular Sept. 14 meeting after Precinct 1 Commissioner Ricky Driskell moved to adjust language about county employee raises to only covering employees making $15 an hour or less. The delay meant the county had to restart the schedule of public notices and hearings in regard to the budget.

Driskell said after the Sept. 14 meeting that he wants to give employees under $15 an hour a 3% raise in the coming year and said all county employees have been given a 4% raise each year for the past eight years. Joyner said the raises over the past eight years actually varied from zero to 5%.

In the proposed 2021 budget, all county employees would have seen a raise of roughly 3%.

The question of salaries almost delayed budget approval last year, when Driskell raised an objection during discussions of the budget about a proposed 4% increase in salaries for county departments, suggesting a 3% raise instead. Commissioners, though, acquiesced in time to pass the measure without alteration.

Though commissioners earlier voted to move forward with a proposed tax rate of 55 cents per $100 of property valuation for fiscal year 2021, unchanged from 2020, revenue for 2021 on the proposed budget was expected to rise $2,427 on the basis of new property added to the rolls.

Friday’s meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

During Monday’s regular meeting, commissioners approved a 2.53% increase in the budget for the Madison County Appraisal District.

Commissioners also renewed an agreement with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments Transportation Partnership Program to provide transportation services for Madison County residents.

The TPP coordinates senior transportation in Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington County. To be eligible, passengers must be at least 60 years old, ambulatory and have no other transportation options available. Scheduling for rides depends on the driver’s availability, and requests for services should be made several days in advance. Medical needs are given more priority for transportation.

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