During the June 29 meeting of the Cheatham County Commission, members voted to approve the 2020-21 budget, which has no increase in the property tax or the fire tax for any district across the county, according to County Mayor Kerry McCarver.
The budget, which went into effect July 1, keeps the property tax rate at $2.47. The budget includes a 1.6 % cost of living raise for county employees as well as steps on the current salary pay scale based on seniority, McCarver said.
In addition, commissioners voted 8 to 4 in favor of a referendum on the November ballot that would allow liquor by the drink in the county outside of cities that already have it, the mayor said. Commissioners who voted yes on the referendum resolution included Tim Williamson, Chris Gilmore, Connie Mayo, Donnie Jordan, Walter Weakley, Diana Lovell, Ed Greer, and Randy Liles.
Commissioners also approved a measure to authorize the bidding out for the construction of the highway garage and office.
Mayor McCarver announced the retirement of Amber Locke, Director of Administration for the County Mayor’s Office, and introduced Rachel Dutton as the new Director of Administration for the County Mayor’s Office.
The next regular meeting of the Cheatham County Commission is scheduled for July 20.