The San Augustine County Commissioners' Court held the last public hearing on the proposed new budget and tax rate Monday morning, and County Judge Sammye Johnson tells us the court will adopt both when they meet on Sept. 23. She said the proposed tax rate will stay the same as last fiscal year at $.460 per $100 valuation, despite a $250,000 shortfall in the budget. She said the budget process had not been an easy one.
Judge Johnson said cuts have been made in department's budget where they could, and there's no cost of living increases. She added it was decided by the commissioners' court to not raise the tax rate since county citizens are faced with other rising expenses on every front.
Commissioners also set salaries, expenses and other allowances of all elected county and precinct officers at Monday's meeting.