Tarrant County officials presented a proposed $540 million budget during a workshop Monday that would maintain the current tax rate and add 26 positions.
With a tax rate of 26.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value, the owner of a $100,000 home in Tarrant County would pay county taxes of $264, the same as last year. But with appraised property values in Tarrant County increasing 5.3 percent from last year, the average homeowner would see a bump on his or her tax bill of $18.
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court also supported increasing the pool for merit-based raises from 2.5 percent to 3 percent. Not every employee is guaranteed to receive that raise, County Administrator G.K. Maenius said.
The court is scheduled to vote on the final budget Sept. 9.
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Ten new positions will go toward adding staff at two new county buildings: the Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building, named after the late county judge, and a new Precinct 3 Subcourthouse in Hurst.
“There were over 50 positions that were asked for and we didn’t grant all of those positions,” Maenius said. “I think our budget is very well-rounded, very conservative.”