Commissioners Court today will consider a $1.4 billion budget that cuts spending by about 3.2 percent from the fiscal year that ended on Feb. 28.
The spending blueprint does not call for a property tax increase or layoffs. The court will set the property tax rate in September.
Nor should the average county resident detect a change in government services, county budget officer Dick Raycraft said Monday.
Other than the reduction in funding to the Sheriff’s department that we’ve been talking about, it’s not clear from the story how the proposed savings is going to happen. There’s “a number of initiatives in the works” to reduce the jail population but no specifics as yet, there’s the proposed new cremate-first policy that would enable the county to delay purchasing more land for cemeteries, and there’s a future consideration of eliminating car allowances. I’m glad if that’s really all it took, but it feels like we’re missing something.