The county tax rate may not be increasing this year, but a user fee remains on the table as the county commission looks for $350,000 to balance the 2015 budget.
Commissioners unanimously agreed not to raise the millage rate during their most recent budget hearing last Tuesday night. Commissioners have, so far, met for three hours over two meetings discussing the 2015 budget.
The board is struggling to make up a projected deficit, however, which grew from $138,000 to almost $350,000 during the work session.
In the initial presentation, county manager Paul Christian projected a deficit of $138,000 due almost entirely to new security measures put in place at the courthouse and annex in response to the “Guns everywhere” bill.