Franklin County will be increasing the property tax rate by the state-allowed 1 percent in 2015.
Commissioners said the increase will add $1.15 a year to what the owner of a $100,000 home will pay in county property taxes. It is expected to bring in $77,250 in new revenue to the county.
“It is the only way we can collect to deal with the inflation,” Commissioner Rick Miller said.
A final levy rates has not been set. Commissioners decided at a Monday budget workshop to push back a vote on the 2015 budget, which had been scheduled for their Dec. 3 meeting.
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They were uncertain about new positions being sought in the Human Resources department. Deputy Prosecutor Janet Taylor, who has been restructuring the human resources department, was not at the meeting to answer questions about the new positions, as well as proposed raises for existing jobs.
“I think she’s got too many positions. That’s why I said we’re not ready,” Miller said. “But we’ve got to talk to her and make sure.”
The new requested human resources positions included a generalist at $74,223 a year and coordinator at $58,954 annually.
Commissioners did agree to allow the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to keep two-and-a-half positions that had been used to patrol the Tri-Cities Airport. Commissioners said there was a need for deputies elsewhere in the county.
“We have deputies in the northern part of the county with limited back-up 30 minutes away,” Commissioner Brad Peck said.
Port of Pasco commissioners recently voted to use their own security to patrol the ticketing and baggage areas of the airport, as well as the parking lot, and withdraw from a contract approved in 2010. The port, which already patrols the secure area of the airport, has paid the county $300,000 annually for airport security.