GILMER, TX — After 10 years without a tax increase, Upshur County residents face radical proposals to fund the county budget.
One proposal calls for the county borrowing $1.43 million to balance the budget, while another plan calls for slashing salaries and services to make up a $525,000 shortfall.
County Judge Dean Fowler introduced a budget Wednesday that includes a proposal for a $1.43 million loan which would keep the tax rate stable at 47.8 cents per $100 valuation for the next three years.
Fowler’s plan calls for almost $11,000 in cuts to each commissioner’s salary, $190,000 worth of reductions in the jail, $120,000 in cuts to road and bridge and more.
Upshur County has successfully adopted budgets each of the past 10 years without a tax rate increase to property owners — and in some years the rate has been lowered.