While a certified tax rate is not in following a countywide reappraisal, the White Bluff Town Council passed a budget Tuesday night that will not require any additional revenue from property taxes. The vote was the first of two required for adoption of the 2013-14 budget. Along with what she described as a “status quo” budget, Mayor Linda Hayes also proposed a reorganization of town government that creates a new public works director position, which will oversee the operations of the street department, sewer department, planning and zoning and parks department. While she did not name anyone for the position Tuesday, Hayes proposed to fill the job “in house” and an organizational chart presented combines the new position with human resources and projects administrator, a position currently held by former Councilman Jeff Martin. “I’ve been studying this for two years,” Hayes said of the reorganization, which she said will make operating the town more manageable for a part-time mayor. Under the new structure, the city recorder, police chief and fire chief will continue to report directly to the mayor. The proposed $2.2 million general fund budget projects little growth in revenue, but does include a small cost of living adjustment for town employees as well as some funds for performance-based raises. The town will add one part-time court officer position under the police department. As far as capital projects, Hayes proposes to continue with the “pay-as-you-pave” program for improving streets and to redirect funds from a loan that was recently paid off to a proposal to replace the sewer pumps and improve flow monitoring at Montgomery Bell State Park. Almost half of the $300,000 increase in the general fund budget is from the $143,000 first payment toward the new civic center expected from benefactor Richard Bibb. Council member Stephanie Murrell, who was elected in November, expressed concerns over being asked to vote on the budget without having adequate time to review it. Hayes pointed out that Tuesday’s vote was only the first of two required and changes still could be made before the final vote. The proposed budget passed 3-0 with Murrell abstaining and Lil Cauthen absent. The town still needs to receive a certified tax rate from the state to determine whether the countywide reappraisal program will require any change to its current 43.97-cent property tax rate. A public hearing and final vote on the budget is expected June 4.