Here are highlights regarding the 2015 Atascosa County Budget.
The total tax rate (General, Farm-to-Market, and Interest & Sinking) is $0.3632 per $100 valuation, and is the same as the effective rate. The new rate is $0.0534 less than the prior year’s rate and amounts to a 12.81% decrease in the total tax rate.
The 2015 budget adds several new positions: the Sheriff will receive three new positions for Deputy Sheriff (patrol and transport). The County Attorney will receive an additional Assistant County Attorney. Justice of the Peace, Precincts 2 and 3 will each receive an additional clerk, and the JP 4 part-time clerk will become full-time. The part-time clerk at DPS will become fulltime. The Veteran Service Office will also receive one new full-time position. R&B Precincts 1 and 4 will each receive a new person.
The total Road & Bridge budget increased $947,931 due to road wear caused by Eagle Ford.
Capital outlays increased from $850,000 to $1,603,089 due to increased capital needs of the County and the anticipated transfer of the Leming School building at no cost to the County from the Pleasanton Independent School District.
The Budget includes funds for a new Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 building; expansion of the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 building, and completion of the County Bypass Road. Money for the bypass road is coming in part from oil royalties collected by the County on property it owns.
Included in the budget is a $200 per month across-the-board salary increase for all employees and elected officials. Travel allowances increased by $100 per month.
County health insurance costs remain budgeted at the prior year amount of $900 per month per employee. Employees will continue to receive free health insurance with the same $300 medical deductible. Employee cost for optional health insurance for their spouses, children, and families remains the same.