County OK’s MCAD budget

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The Madison County Commissioners’ Court gave its blessing to the Appraisal District budget on Monday, but only after questioning the amount of raises that were provided for the staff.

Matt Newton of the Madison County Appraisal District said that staff members were budgeted to receive 5 percent raises.

Overall, though, the budget only increased about 2.83 percent, Newton said.

“We were able to give back $33,266 based on the 2017 audit; without knowing the levy amounts, the county’s portion is about $8,464 over last year,” he said.

Commissioner Ricky Driskell questioned the percentage of raises given the staff.

“We’ve done 3 percent raises in the past several years,” Newton said. “We were able to trim some areas, so overall it’s 2.83 percent.”

The district’s budget is estimated to be $679,440, $18,708 above last year’s total of $660,732.

In other business, the county:

•approved a lot split for Nancy Raynor on land located at 7610 Highway 21 East;

•approved a refund of taxes to J.B. Burns Sr. of $1,753.30 that was erroneously paid to the account of J.B. Burns Jr.;

•approved the 2019 holiday schedule for the county; and

•approved the Commissioners Court meeting schedule for the coming fiscal year.

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