Members of the community met with Angelina County commissioners Thursday evening to voice their opinions on the county's proposed fiscal 2011 budget.
The main concern was a proposed 1.5-cent tax increase per $100 valuation for property owners.
County Judge Wes Suiter said the tax increase was necessary to balance the county's budget.
In addition, commissioners have proposed transferring enough revenue from the Angelina County landfill to fund salary increases for county employees.
Several members of the community spoke against the tax increase, citing reasons such as a poor economic climate, the fact that the county covers health insurance costs for its employees, increases in property valuation from the Angelina County Appraisal District, and an increase in the cost of living for taxpayers.
David Renfro told commissioners that the tax increase will put "people in a devil of a bind."
"Nobody likes tax increases," Suiter said, "but we need to stand up for our employees."
Another public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse annex at 606 E. Lufkin Ave.