Cannon County Commission approved a property tax rate of $2.53 Tuesday night but not before lengthy discussion and several counter offers.
The new rate is a nickel higher than the current rate of $2.48.
Commissioner Clint Higgins made the recommendation that passed the panel 6 to 4. Voting “No” were Commissioners Russell Reed, Kevin George, Jim Bush and Bob Stoetzel.
Most notable was that the new budget includes a 3 percent raise for county employees and two School Resource Officers for Cannon County Schools. One of the officers will “rove” system schools while the other will be assigned to Cannon County High School.
Higgins’ proposal split the funding differently than originally proposed by the county’s Budget Committee.
Under Higgins’ plan, $1.28 of the new tax rate will go to the County General Fund. The General Purpose School Fund will get 88 cents while the Ambulance Service will get 20 cents. The General Debt Service is earmarked for 3 cents. Solid Waste’s rate was cut to 14 cents compared to 17 cents for the current budget year.