A $23.6 million budget passed in Marshall County that commissioners say prioritizes tax payers, law enforcement, and county employees.
The highlights of the 2018-2019 budget is good for taxpayers, who are paying the lowest property tax rate in the entire state, and for county employees. Their base salary is being raised by $2,500.
Now, county employees will make $25,000 to $27,500, and the Sheriff’s department will make from $36,000 to $38,500.
Commission President Bob Miller Jr. said they prioritized Sheriff’s Deputies to help the department continue to grow and recruit.
Miller said the huge boom in the oil and gas industry has helped the county make these changes for residents and employees, but if you’ve seen an increase on your property taxes, he explained why that happens in the county.
“And if people have noticed increases, that’s every 3 years we have to re-evaluate the property and see if the value of the property has gone up, but with that being said, the rate that’s multiplied to come up with what they actually pay is the lowest in the state,” said Miller.
Miller said another huge part of the budget is the $4 million received from the coal severance tax.
The coal severance funds county agencies operated by independent entities like Grand Vue Park, the volunteer fire departments, and the Marshall County Animal Shelter.
Miller said the county is in a very sound place financially.