Brown County Commissioners approved a $15.4 million budget Friday for the county's 2013 fiscal year, which will begin on Monday.

The court also “adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax the property tax rate of

.5350, which is effectively a 4.92 percent increase over last year.

A public hearing was scheduled prior to the votes Friday morning, but no one came before the court with a concern, question or statement about the budget or tax rate.

This year's levy to fund maintenance and operations expenditures exceeds last year's maintenance and operations tax levy, by 4.92 percent, which averages out to approximately $18.10 on a $100,000 home.

Also on Friday, commissioners voted to leave the pay rate for elected county officials the same as 2011-'12, with the exception of District Judge Stephen Ellis who will receive a $3,711 a year raise. Also, the Precinct 3 Constable Keith Varner, who will be sworn in for his first term in office Jan. 1, will be paid at the lower base rate of pay, because he hasn't been in office to receive increment raises.

In other business on Friday, the court passed on action concerning a burn ban. While the number of grass fires are related to the drought conditions, it so happened to be sprinkling outside, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Joel Kelton pointed out parts of the county are under flash flood watch.

“I think whatever we do, we can wait until we meet Monday,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Traweek.

Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday on the main floor of the Brown County Courthouse. There are seven items on the agenda, including declaring Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week.