The Dickson County Commission is scheduled to vote on the 2013-14 budget and set the new county property tax rate tonight. The budget approved by the Budget Committee and forwarded to the full commission for consideration does not require any additional funds from property taxes but does withhold $800,000 from the school system for a debt payment. However, the school board voted last week to rescind the 1999 agreement to make an annual debt payment and is taking the position that the revocation of the agreement removes the commission’s authority to divert those funds as part of the Maintenance of Effort. The commission can approve the budget as presented and then wait to see if the Tennessee Department of Education determines that it meets MOE. If it does, then the school board will have to find a way to deal with $800,000 less in revenue by reducing expenditures and/or using more reserves. If it doesn’t, the commission will have to make changes until it comes up with a budget that does get state approval. The commission also can make changes to the budget proposal tonight to fund the school budget as presented and find its own way to address an $800,000 shortfall in revenue by reducing expenditures and/or using money from its reserves. The certified property tax rate following a countywide reappraisal program was presented two weeks ago as $2.93, an eight-cent increase over the current rate of $2.85. But Mayor Bob Rial said that was higher than expected and he planned to re-examine the budget for ways to reduce the adjustment caused by an overall reduction in the value of property across the county. The commission is scheduled to vote on resolutions to set the property tax rate, make appropriations to the county’s various departments and approve allocations to various non-profit organizations when it meets in the Courthouse Annex at 7:00 tonight.