Monday, Palo Pinto County commissioners held the first public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate.
Jean Bennett, a resident in the Hog Mountain Road area south of Mineral Wells, asked commissioners to keep in mind those who might not be able to afford a 6 percent increase.
"I'm asking for consideration for people on fixed incomes," she said.
"This is a poor county and everything is going up."
She asked that the budget be reduced a little.
"There's a tremendous number of people with children on free and reduced lunch programs," she continued.
She suggested mobile homes with additions such as porches and rooms be appraised fairly.
The maintenance and operations tax rate proposed by commissioners is 35.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
That is a 6 percent increase of last year's rate of 33.2 cents.
County Judge David Nicklas made the motion, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Fryer made the second and the proposal passed with a 5-0 vote.
Final adoption is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9.
This year's proposed general revenue budget is just over $7.83 million, up from last year's budget of nearly $7 million.
Total revenues are projected at nearly $11.5 million and total expenditures are projected to be over $11.51 million.
"That deficit is paid for by funds carried over from one year to the next," Nicklas explained.
"There's some carry over," he said.