Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial presented budgets for everything but schools that will not require an increase in property taxes. The draft spending plan proposes $1,200 annual raises for all full-time employees and 4 percent raises for part-time employees, adds two new jailers and one new judicial commissioner, and includes the purchase of eight new patrol cars, one new ambulance and a truck for the maintenance department. Rial said the budget does not include raises for officials whose salaries are set by state statute, does not increase the $10 monthly sanitation fee and does not include any money for major building improvements. The mayor said he hopes when the audit on the current fiscal year is completed the county will find it is in better shape than anticipated and any additional funds can be used for repairs and renovations to county buildings such as the Dickson County Courthouse and the downtown Dickson satellite office. “We are really confident our fund balance will be better than we anticipated,” Rial told commissioners. While the certified property tax rate has not been presented, Rial said Assessor of Property Gail Wren is estimating that a county-wide reappraisal program will actually show that overall property values in the county have decreased slightly, which means the revenue generated by a penny of property tax rate is expected to go down from $97,137 to around $89,100. In anticipation of that decrease and in order to keep the property tax rate at its current $2.85, Rial said his budget projects a loss of about $126,000 in property tax revenue. Rial said he chose to give a flat across-the-board raise to county workers because it will be of greater value to employees at the lower end of the pay scale. He said percentage increases continue to widen the gap between the top- and lower-earning workers. The mayor’s budget also decreases the school system’s payment toward county debt by $267,300, which is more than schools Director Dr. Danny Weeks proposed cutting in his first draft. Still to be determined is whether the school system will ask for additional money this year. Weeks presented a first draft to the board last month that he said is still $3.4 million short on revenue. With the new reduced value of a penny of property taxes, it would take an additional 38 cents to raise $3.4 million. The school board has a budget work session scheduled for May 21. The county’s Budget and Budget Advisory committees will meet again May 20 to continue reviewing the budget proposal and Rial said any county officials who want to address their budget requests will have that opportunity then.