It’s budget setting time again for Young County, and this Monday morning at the County Courthouse marked the first meeting of several in which the commissioners court will solidify a budget for 2015.

Judge John Bullock said the few initial budget requests the court discussed were left unchanged, save some amendments regarding phone and utility usage. The intent is to have the budget adopted by the Aug. 25, 35 days before the mandated Texas deadline of Sept. 30. The official fiscal year for Young County begins Oct. 1.

“You can’t set a tax rate without a budget,” Bullock said. “Putting a budget together is a long process. Today (Monday) was our initial meeting, and that’s when we received all of our requests from our department heads and elected officials. We didn’t have any presentations, but I believe we’ll see some presentations next week along with our budget workshop.”

Bullock explained that the court will then we’ll work the budget over several times before establishing the official budget on Aug. 25, and he expects the court to meet that deadline.

 County Commissioner Matt Pruitt also said that the summer budget process is key to setting a tax rate, and he expects it to be complete by the court’s early deadline.

“We’re working diligently on it, and there’s a lot to cover,” Pruitt said. “And you’ll see how long each line item can take, even for $200. But every dollar counts.”

Pruitt added that there will likely be more than 10 meetings between now and the August deadline.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.