CLINTON—The Anderson County Commission approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during a special meeting Tuesday. The budget will not raise property taxes in the county.
Commissioners Tracy Wandell, Rick Meredith, Zach Bates, Jerry White, and John Shuey did not attend, but the other 11 commissioners voted unanimously to approve the budget. Commissioners had called the special session during their June meeting.
Under the budget approved Tuesday, the Oak Ridge property tax rate will remain at $2.347 for every $100 of assessed property value, while property owners in Clinton will continue to pay $2.50 per $100 value. All other property owners in Anderson County pay $2.529 for every $100 of their assessed property values.
Also in the budget was a $500,000 increase in the unassigned general fund, bringing it to $4 million. The only other significant change is due to health care mandates, but those expenditures only increased by about 0.5 percent.
The new fiscal year began July 1 and will continue through June 30, 2015.
Sara Wise is a freelance contributor to Oak Ridge Today.