BLOUNTVILLE — With 27 days to spare before state sanctions on education funding could have been imposed, the Sullivan County Commission on Tuesday approved a county budget for the fiscal year that began more than two months ago.
After months of speculation that the only way to avoid another tax hike would be to cut long-funded programs or services, the commission spent less than two hours to finalize the county’s property tax rate and approve a nearly $165 million spending plan that includes few cuts — but leaves in place a 4.6 percent self-granted raise for all 24 county commissioners.
The budget is based on a county property tax rate of $2.3054 (per $100 of assessed value), and it projects that more people will pay their taxes on time than was expected in last year’s budget.
The $2.3054 rate is not a reduction, despite the repeated use of that word by some county officials in recent weeks.
Last year’s tax rate was $2.3317 — but this year’s tax bills will be based on a higher total countywide appraisal.
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