Monday morning it was a standing-room-only crowd in Walker County Commissioners’ Court, as they held a public hearing in consideration of increasing the tax rate to 67.78 cents per $100 valuation.
Those who spoke before commissioners did not mince words, such as Chad Byrd . . . .
Among others, Linda Thompson demanded tax-cutting results . . . .
County Judge Danny Pierce answered that he and the commissioners have “worn out” the door of County Auditor Patricia Allen, and said “We will continue to do that to see what areas we can cut in and look for any path that is there.” He said, “We will continue to look at this budget and hopefully get it down.”
Following the Budget Hearing, Commissioners held a Budget Workshop discussing various facets of the budget in a slide presentation with Auditor Allen.
Commissioners discussed the possibility of knocking the budget down two cents to the effective rate by eliminating the 3 percent employee raises and an environmental investigator position that had originally been supported by a grant.
The next public hearing is scheduled for August 26th at 5:30 PM.