Public input sought on county tax rate

Friday, August 19, 2011

Marshall County commissioners are scheduled Monday to hear public comments on the property tax rate and the county's next spending plan.

There's no increase in the property tax rate that's been held at $3.09 per $100 of assessed value for several years, despite fluctuations in the tax base.

The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Marshall County Courthouse Annex on the southwest corner of Commerce Street and First Avenue.

Nearly $74.77 million are seen as available for the county's next budget, according to a record provided by the county budget office. Proposed expenditures total $65.54 million. A fund balance of $9.23 million is planned. The fiscal year just ending has a fund balance of $13.27 million. Revenue anticipated through June 2012 is $61.5 million.

Annual budgets are prepared to guide spending decisions and reflect anticipated revenues for fiscal years that start on July 1 and end on June 30. Like some other counties, Marshall County does not adopt its annual budget until mid-July or later. It's been later because of different views on spending, largely for schools.

Some counties always wait until after the Legislature passes its budget so county commissioners will know what to expect from the state and then finalize spending plans. School budgets are always the largest part of a county budget and most of the money spent on county schools comes from the state.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the regular monthly meeting of the commission is to begin.

"It's more routine than any other commission meeting, as far as anything controversial," Commission Chairman Tom Sumners said Wednesday morning about Monday's meeting.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on resolutions that will authorize County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett to sign contracts with the state for public health and emergency management.