County Commission budget hearing Tuesday

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The Rutherford County Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a $480.5 million spending plan for fiscal 2015.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. at the Rutherford County Courthouse. Commissioners will discuss the budget and possible changes at a Thursday meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and then hold a vote at a June 25 meeting.

The proposal calls for no increase in the property tax but takes $22.4 million from the fund balance to pay for it. The new certified property tax rate is $2.4968 after reappraisals, down from $2.5652.

• The sheriff’s office budget calls for spending $22.46 million, up $5 million from three years ago. It includes $150,800 for new uniforms and $1 million for 15 to 20 new vehicles.

• The county school system is budgeted to spend $306.6 million, with a $12.8 million shortfall that will be paid for out of the county’s fund balance. School system enrollment is expected to increase by 2.9 percent, about 1,400 students, but the state reduced growth funds from $27 million to $15 million for the coming year, officials said.

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