POSTED: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 6:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 1:45pm
Smith County-- Commissioners battled out their thoughts on job cuts and raised taxes last week. This week, however, they are just going to listen. As the county tries to scrape up $7 million in budget cuts, County Judge Joel Baker proposes a tax increase. Now, taxpayers get a chance to voice their thoughts on the matter.
The increase would bring in an extra $4 million for the county. Commissioner Terry Phillips says they have to build a reserve back up that they spent last year. He says there will probably be some kind of tax, because it's the only way to get the county budget where it needs to be. Since sales tax is down, the county is not taking in as much money as last year. Phillips says, "To balance the budget, we either have to raise taxes or reduce the budget."
If anyone wants to say something to the court, you can go to the Courthouse Annex tomorrow morning at 9:30. Each person has three minutes to speak. Another public hearing will be held on August 17th.