Hamilton County budget calls for 2.5 percent pay increase, no property tax hike

Hamilton County budget calls for 2.5 percent pay increase, no property tax hike

June 4th, 2014 by Louie Brogdon in Local - Breaking News

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks in this file photo.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

For the fourth year in a row, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger presented a budget without a tax increase to the county commission.

The proposed 2015 budget, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2015, is $7.2 million more than the current year, for a total of $672.5 million.

Nearly 60 percent of the budget -- or $399 million of it -- will go to the county's schools budget.

The budget also includes a 2.5 percent across the board raise for county employees.

There will be no needed funds from the general fund balance, although $2.6 million will come from the department of education and juvenile court's balances to cover costs for those departments.

Read more in Thursday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.