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Denton county officials project $13.8 million increase in 2019 budget based on preliminary information

The budget development process has officially started for fiscal year 2018-19, and Denton County officials roughly estimate a $13.8 million increase based on preliminary discussions. 

The county is currently operating with a $292 million budget. During Tuesday's commissioners court meeting, Denton County budget officer Jona Macsas said she expects the largest budget increase to come from capital replacement funds and another possible 5 percent pay increase for county employees. 

Macsas said she expects the tax rate to stay around the current level of 23.7812 cents per $100 property valuation.

She emphasized that the projected $13.8 million increase is an early estimate that merely serves as a "placeholder" for further discussions. Still, she expects the county will need to budget about $5.6 million additional funds to cover the employee pay increase. She said she did not know how much the capital replacement funds would increase. 

The budget office will present a recommended budget to county commissioners on July 17, she said.