County conducts hearing on budget

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The county’s budget process is nearly done.

Commissioners notched another step forward Tuesday evening with the first of two public hearings presenting the proposed 2015 Denton County budget.

The presentation was given by Donna Stewart, budget officer for the county.

After wading through the appeals process and budget workshops the past few weeks, commissioners are considering a $238,912,256 budget, an increase of $14.8 million over the current budget.

Even with the increase, commissioners are looking at a tax rate of 27.2 cents per $100 property valuation — about one and a quarter cent less than the current tax rate of 28.49 cents per $100 valuation.

Commissioners hold at least one of the two public hearings in the evening to give more of the public a chance to attend.

No one chose to speak after the presentation, but County Judge Mary Horn did praise Stewart and her department for the work done on this year’s budget.

The next public hearing is at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of the Courthouse on the Square.

In other action, commissioners approved a building-use request from the Greater Denton Arts Council to use the Courthouse on the Square lawn and basement restrooms for North Texas Giving Day, approving a request to waive all fees except for a security guard.

“I think it’s great the Greater Denton Arts Council is providing an event at the courthouse lawn for the Day of Giving,” Commissioner Andy Eads said following the meeting. “I want to make sure in the future we broaden that where it’s countywide for all our nonprofits participating through the Communities Foundation of Texas that coordinates that event every September,” Eads said.

He noted that the GDAC is going to extend countywide invitations.

“Which I think will be a great cross-section of our nonprofit community and all will be welcome, which will lead to a wonderful day,” he said.


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