Tarrant County employees could see raises up to 3 percent

08/11/2014 5:10 PM

08/11/2014 5:12 PM

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.

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.”

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