The Dickson County Commission will get its first look at a proposed 2013-14 budget when its Budget and Budget Advisory committees meet May 6. Mayor Bob Rial scheduled the first meeting of the committees for 6 pm prior to that night’s regular work session. At Monday night’s work session, Rial said all of the budget requests from local elected officials and department heads were due to be turned in to Accounts and Budget Director Don Hall that day. Rial said the budgets submitted by the local officials will be presented to the committees as well as his recommended budget. “We will be giving you those budget requests from department heads as well as I have the last two years I’ll be putting a mayor’s budget together to give us a starting point to move on that. So that will be done at that time,” Rial said. In the first two years of his term, Rial gave commissioners an overall recommended budget but not the original budget requests from elected officials. Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing sued the county last July after the five percent raises she requested for employees in her office were not included in the mayor’s budget presented to the committee and during the February trial testified she didn’t think it would do any good to address her original budget request with the committees. Even though the county won that lawsuit, Rial’s announcement Monday said he will present those requests along with his recommendation. The mayor has said he hopes the county will be in a position to include salary increases for employees for the first time in five years. The budget submitted at May’s meeting likely will not include the $62 million school system budget. In addition to employee raises, questions that hang over this year’s budget are what will the certified tax rate be following reappraisal, how much will the school system ask for to address safety concerns and will the school board continue to contribute a $1 million annual payment on the county’s debt. The commission’s Budget Committee consists of four commissioners and the mayor while the remaining eight commissioners serve on the Budget Advisory Committee.