The total budget, proposed at approximately $9.86 million, shows increases in funding to 9 of the 12 categories listed, however, the total expenditures are actually less than 2010 due to a drop in expenses related to the construction of the new courthouse annex.
The County budgeted $3.16 million to the annex project in 2010 and will allocate $2.23 million to complete the project in FY 2011.
The county tax rate is also lower in the proposed budget, dropping from $0.5727 to $0.4572 per $100 valuation this year.
“With the additional sales tax we’ve received, it doesn’t put more money into the budget but it reduces the amount of property tax,” Karnes County Judge Alger Kendall said. “With the increased county sales tax and fees at the county clerk’s office we were able to have a very good budget. We were able to give pay raises and provide for all the offices in a pretty good fashion.”
The proposed budget includes a 5 percent pay raise for nearly all county employees. The four county commissioners and county judge’s offices were not included.