Dickson County commissioners will get their first look at the proposed 2013-14 general fund budget when Mayor Bob Rial presents it to the Budget Committee tonight. Rial will present what he terms the “mayor’s budget” to the five-member committee along with the Budget Advisory Committee prior to tonight’s county commission work session. Rial has said he also will present the committee with the budget requests originally submitted by each elected official and department head. In his previous two budget presentations, Rial presented only the “mayor’s budget,” which contained his recommendations for the general fund, debt service, highway department, drug control fund and economic and community development budgets. Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing sued the county when the raises she requested for her employees were not included in the budget presented to the committee. During testimony at the lawsuit’s trial, Farthing said she did not speak during committee and county commission hearings on the budget because she believed it would not do any good. The county won that lawsuit but Farthing is now appealing. The Budget Committee consists of four commissioners and Rial and the remaining eight commissioners serve on the Budget Advisory Committee. The budget presented tonight is not expected to include the school system budget, which Director Dr. Danny Weeks said is still around $3.4 million out of balance during a presentation to the school board last month. The Budget and Budget Advisory committees meet at 6 pm with the commission’s work session set for 7 pm in the Courthouse Annex in Charlotte.