Cooke County employees will not receive a raise during the 2009-2010 budget year.

Totaling $17,983,968 in general funds, Commissioners voted to approve the budget Monday during a special meeting.

While commissoners voted 3:2 for Cooke County Auditor Shelly Atteberry to look into a possible 2 percent raise for county employees during a previous meeting, Cooke County Judge Roane said raises just were not possible for this budget year.

“It just became obivous to us that a raise just wasn’t feasable this year,” said Roane during a phone interview for the Register. “As much as we would have love to give one for county employees, it just wouldn’t be fiscally responsible to do so.

We were able to fortunately keep all of our employees and no reductions were made. However, the salaries will stay the same.”

The only amendment made to the budget during the meeting was for a district court records and archive fee of $5.

Commissioners also approved a proposed 45 cent per $100 valuation tax rate.

This rate is the same as last year, explained Roane, but there will be more revenue because the appraisal of the county as a whole is larger than it was last year.

A public hearing to discuss the tax rate will be held Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Propsperity Bank Building, 100 East California.

Roane added that he hopes to pass the tax rate on Sept. 4.

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