Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

The rollback rate is that millage which provides the same level of revenue as the current fiscal year.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable property.

“It is our responsibility to cut as much as we can,” said Commissioner Carmen McLemore. “Taxpayers want us to do that.”

A dual purpose for Commissioner Warren Yeager was identifying sources of revenue other than property taxes.

“We’ve got to figure out how to take of this off the ad valorem taxpayer,” Yeager said. “We’ve got to figure out to do it with user fees, service fees and other alternatives.”

Commissioners are also wrestling with a double whammy of unfunded mandates this year in increases to Medicaid contributions passed on from the federal government to the state to the county and legislatively mandated increased contributions from local government toward employees’ retirements.

And while commissioners worked through a host of issues last week, much work remains and commissioners repeatedly reminded themselves they were still in position to revisit any budget and line item.

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