Even with a growing population and growing needs, Fort Bend County’s proposed tax rate has gone down.

Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to set the proposed 2019 tax rate at 44.47 cents, a decrease from 44.5 cents in 2018.

The commissioners also set the dates and times for public hearings on the tax rate and budget.

The public hearings for the tax rate will be on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Bend County Courthouse.

The public hearings for the 2019 budget will take place Monday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., also at the courthouse.

County budget director Pamela Gubbels told The Herald that the 2019 budget is expected to be approximately $392 million.

Elected officials will see a 3.37% increase in their salary for 2020, meaning that Fort Bend County Judge KP George’s salary will rise from $140,533 this year to $145,268 next year. The commissioners will see their salaries increase from $133,841 to $138,351.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers added that other county employees will also see the same salary increase.

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