A property tax hike is on tap for homeowners in Montgomery County next year.
The Commissioners approved a budget Thursday with an 11.3 percent increase, which translates into about 66 dollars for the average homeowner. Republican Minority Commissioner, Joe Gale voted no and called for a freeze on spending.
“If all of the departments slated to receive increases were instead held to the same amount of funding they actually spent this year, the amount of new spending would be decreased by 6,875,000.”
The budget includes dedicated funding for Montgomery County Community College totaling more than 22 million dollars next year. County Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone said it’s a good investment.
The budget also includes funding for 24 additional positions. Most of the new hires will be Sheriffs Deputies or Corrections Officers at the County Prison. The spending plan for 2017 is nearly 410 million dollars.