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No property tax increase requested for Cheatham County

Gannett Tennessee

Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough has unveiled a status quo operating budget for the 2011-12 budget year, and if it’s approved, it means residents won’t face a property tax increase.

The county’s budget committee will start reviewing the budget on Wednesday, with hopes of approving it by May 17 so the full commission can vote on it by its July meeting.

McCullough is proposing that the property tax rate remain the same, $2.78 per $100 of assessed value. Each penny is expected to generate $66,132 this year, a slight increase of last year’s amount of $66,050.

The mayor has recommended that the $2.78 tax rate be broken down as follows: county general, $1.105; roads, 0.075 cents; education debt service, 0.295 cents; general debt service, 0.03 cents; solid waste, 0.12 cents; schools, $1.145; capital projects, 0.005 cents; and capital projects (vehicles), 0.005 cents.

Step raises and longevity pay for county employees are in the proposed budget.

McCullough said several departments are requesting meetings with the budget committee to request additional funds: trustee, property assessor, circuit court, sheriff, extension, ambulance, economic and community development and juvenile court.

The budget committee will start considering those requests on Wednesday, when members meet at 9 a.m.