Garza County Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss their plans to finalize a budget for the new year. They are proposing increasing the tax rate there from 36 cents to 37.8 cents. Commissioners say they are also having to make big cuts, especially to the Garza County Sheriff's Department.
Commissioners are proposing the elimination one deputy from their sheriff's department which currently has six, plus the sheriff. They also proposed eliminating three jailer positions from the jail.
"It's pure economics. It is what we will be able to afford and the services we provide to other entities," Garza County Judge Lee Norman said.
Nearly 60 people attended the public hearing, many voicing their concern about the loss of a fellow resident's job.
"In Post, you're talking about 4,000 people. It's real easy to know 50 percent of everybody. It's just hard to see your neighbor lose his job," resident Giles Dalby said.
While jobs are a concern, many residents who attended the meeting showed concern for the safety of the community. One of these communities is Post, which has no police department.
While the budget hasn't been finalized, the commissioners held the meeting to hear the concerns and get input from the community. Another meeting will be held on September 16th where the budget will be finalized. Commissioners will then determine if they will make the proposed cuts.
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