$17.3-million budget filed with county clerk

CAMERON—Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer has filed a proposed $17.3-million budget for 2012 with the county clerk’s office.

The budget is compiled based on a 60-cent tax rate, same as the current rate.

The budget is available on-line at

Milam County is currently operating on a $16.3-million budget.

Salary increases were debated during budget planning sessions. In the proposed budget about one-fourth of Milam employees—those considered underpaid in a comparison of salaries in counties of similar size and wealth—are due pay raises.

About three-fourths of the county’s employees will not get pay raises if the budget is approved.

Barkemeyer said the budget has no funds for new personnel, no building projects ad no new vehicles.

There is $100,000 built into the budget for two capital murder trials in anticipation of adjudicating the April murder of a San Gabriel woman in her home.

Two Rockdale teenagers are charged with that crime.

Barkemeyer said if the trials’ cost exceeds the $1 million in the budget, money would be borrowed.

“We anticipate no reserve buildup and will redouble our efforts to increase fine and fee revenue by at least $200,000 over current year levels,” he said.

Hearings on the proposed budget and tax rate are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and for 6 p.m. Sept. 7, all in the Milam County Courthouse.

Commissioners are scheduled to adopt the budget and tax rate in a 10 a.m. Sept. 12 session.

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