The town of Burns finally has a 2013-14 budget in place and most property owners will see a reduction in their property tax bills. The new budget approved by the Board of Commissioners Monday night leaves the property tax rate at the current 66 cents per $100 of assessed value. That will actually result in about $6,500 less in property tax revenue from last year after a countywide reappraisal program saw an overall decrease in property values. The state had given Burns a certified tax rate of 69.42 cents to collect the same amount of revenue as last year. Commissioner Bill Allen objected to two parts of the budget that set aside money for a police officer to be stationed at Stuart-Burns Elementary School and a relief shift fund to cover days off for firefighters. Mayor Landon Mathis said police Chief Paul McCallister designated $3,500 in his budget to hire former Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ken Daron to be at the school for about an hour in the mornings and afternoons. Mathis said the police department’s budget total was not changed from what was approved last month. Allen objected to hiring the new part-time position and asked why the chief can’t be at the school during those times. “The money’s in his budget and he’s the chief,” Mathis said. Allen also objected to $4,000 in the fire department budget to pay substitute firefighters for covering shifts when one of the town’s three full-time firefighters is off. Allen said Chief Nathan Stringer should be able to cover those shifts. At first Mathis agreed the money was unnecessary, but after discussion about how Stringer would be expected to maintain his administrative duties and cover 24-hour shifts, the mayor changed his mind and said it would not be feasible. The commission approved the $600,000 budget on second and final reading 3-1 with Allen casting the dissenting vote. The new budget includes a third full-time firefighter, the new part-time police officer stationed at the school and $2,000 raises for the police chief, recorder and maintenance director and $1,600 raises for two full-time firefighters. Nobody spoke during Monday’s public hearing on the budget.