Brown County Commissioners approved a $13.56 million county budget Monday for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1.

In presenting the budget for approval, Brown County Judge Ray West read a statement as required by the Texas Legislature, which states that the budget will raise more total property taxes than the previous year by $467,266 or 5.9 percent.

Of that amount, according to the statement West read, “$156,460 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.”

Also Monday, commissioners approved the increase of total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 4.83 percent.

The proposed tax rate per individual is 54.5 cents per $100 valuation, down from the 2006-’07 adopted tax rate of 55.05 cents per $100 valuation.

An individual’s taxes may go up, or may go down, depending on whether or not his or her property was reappraised in the past year.

The 2007-’08 budget includes $390,654 in general increases and allows for line item increases for incentive raises for the sheriff’s department, volunteer fire departments in the county, an additional employee for the county auditor’s office, an emergency coordinator, equipment that will include vehicles for the sheriff’s department, computer maintenance, court appointed attorneys’ fees and some miscellaneous expenses.