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Commission to set 2021-22 budget, tax rate
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The full Warren County Commission will meet this Monday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. to set a consolidated budget and a property tax rate for fiscal year 2021-22

No property tax rate increase has been proposed by the county Budget and Finance Committee. The general fund’s estimated ending fund balance for the upcoming fiscal year is $3.1 million. The year ends June 30, 2022. The year begins July 1 of this year with a $5.7 million fund balance. 

Included within the budget is a 50-cent salary increase for full-time county employees and a 25-cent salary increase for part-time employees. Additionally, full-time employees will receive a $500 one-time bonus and part-time employees will receive a $250 one-time bonus. 

EMS Department employees are excluded from the bonus. They received a bonus in April. All county employees who received a salary increase in fiscal year 2020-21, of which only a handful did, are excluded from this year’s salary increase.

“We’ve had discussions of great length trying to make this fair across the board,” said Commissioner Scott Rubley. 

Rounding out the departmental budgets beginning and ending year estimates for the upcoming fiscal year:

• Solid Waste/Sanitation: $837,587 and $561,230.

• Ambulance Service: $1.4 million and $1.2 million 

• Drug Control: $126,484 and $43,184

• Highway Department: $2 million and $854,625

• General Purpose School: $11.2 million and $8.6 million

• Central Cafeteria: $2.8 million and $1.7 million

• General debt service: $10.2 million and $10.2 million

Also on the agenda for Monday night is approval of appropriations for nonprofit and civic organizations:

• Senior Center $26,000

• Pacesetters $2,000

• Meals on Wheels $14,000

• E-911 $160,000

• Main Street McMinnville $2,000

• CHEER Mental Health $5,000

• Retired Senior Volunteer Program $1,100

• Books from Birth $4,500

• Heritage Alliance $2,000

• American Red Cross $3,000

• Warren County Rescue Squad $27,500

• Magness Library $118,000

• Warren County Soil and Conservation District $6,000

• Chamber of Commerce $5,500

• Volunteer fire departments $10,000 each

• Emergency Food Bank $2,000

• Families in Crisis $6,000

• Warren County A&L Fair $15,000

• Young Men United $2,000

• Caring Hearts United $1,000

• Citizens for Progress Scholarship $10,000

• Helping Hands Ministry $2,000

• Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery $5,000

• Black History Museum $5,000

• Homeless of McMinnville Effort $5,000

Warren County commissioners traditionally meet on the third Monday of June. However, in 2020 they approved meeting on the fourth Monday in June in 2021.

Commissioners are also set to decide Monday night if June’s meeting in 2022 will also be pushed back one week.