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Smith County Commissioners vote on new year budget centered around supporting law enforcement

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Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 6:38 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - On Tuesday, Smith County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Among the things called for in the budget were road and bridge improvements, county reserves, and adding new positions to the Facilities Services Department and Human Resources Department. One thing the budget really focuses on is raises for law officers. With the new budget, law enforcement salaries are set to increase by 14 percent. Many of the county commissioners, like Terry Phillips, were excited about how that salary increase will help support law enforcement.

“I think this is going to help us in our retention in hiring our jailers so all in all, good budget,” said Phillips.

The tax rate with this new budget will not increase. It will stay at 33 and a half cents per $100 home valuation.

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