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    The Tarrant County Commissioners Court was presented with a balanced budget proposal this morning, which would maintain the current tax rate.  The total proposed budget is $540,300,901 with a tax rate of 26.4 cents per $100 valuation.  Tarrant County taxes on a home with a value of $100,000 would be $264.

    During today’s hearing, the Commissioners Court voted to increase merit-based salaries from 2.5 percent to 3 percent – matching the increase in the FY2014 budget. Funds for law enforcement step increases and implementation of a new salary structure are also included.  The Court also approved adding 26 positions to the General Fund, mainly to address increased workload, the staffing of facilities scheduled to open during the fiscal year and hiring for new programs. Additionally, the proposed budget added two positions to the Public Health Fund and one to the Resource Connection Fund.

    Compared with the other five large urban counties (Travis, El Paso, Harris, Bexar and Dallas) Tarrant’s tax rate is the second lowest.

    The Commissioners Court is scheduled to adopt the budget and set the tax rate on September 9th.

    For more information contact Marc Flake, Public Information Officer, at 817-884-2535.


    News release date: August 11, 2014