ABILENE, Texas -

Tuesday,  commissioners finalized a budget that includes a small tax increase for the upcoming 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The county’s new tax rate will be 50.47 cents per $100 valuation. The increase is about 3-cents or 6%.  That would increase the taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home about $23 a year.  

The budget also gives all county employees a 1 1/2% cost-of-living pay increase.  Some may also receive a merit raise.

The counties 2014 fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

During the meeting, commissioners also voted to institute a burn ban – which can be lifted at any time – for 90 days.