Last year, commissioners approved an $18.39 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which included raising the county's levy rate. Commissioners also reduced the usual 2.5 percent annual raises county employees of elected officials were used to receiving to a 1.25 percent increase.
"I'd encourage you all to return to giving 2.5 percent to employees," Putnam Clerk Brian Wood said. "The cost of living is not getting any cheaper."
At the time, the strict budget was blamed on the high cost of the regional jail bill, which is not expected to get any better.
However, commissioners said Tuesday they thought more money might be available for 2013-14 after decreasing the size of the county's tax-increment financing (TIF) district. Last year, a portion of the pool of money, which helps pay for county infrastructure projects, was moved into the county's general budget after it was downsized.
Also at the meeting, commissioners decided to move forward with creating another tax increment-financing district at the Putnam Business Park in Fraziers Bottom.
As with other TIF properties, new property taxes generated within the park and several surrounding properties would help fund utility extensions at the park if the plan is approved by the state Development Office.
The amount won't exceed $3 million, according to John Stump, an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, who is handling the application.
A public hearing on the project will be held at 10 a.m. on March 26 at the old courthouse in Winfield.
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