Brown County commissioners approved the county’s $21.76 million budget for the 2018-’19 fiscal year Monday after a public hearing that drew no speakers.

The budget is 7.3 percent larger than the current budget and contains pay raises for county employees and elected officials. Justices of the peace and constables will receive pay raises of $5,000 a year, and elected officials and all other county employees will receive pay raises of $2,000 a year, according to the budget.

The property tax rate is 61.47 cents per $100 valuation, which is higher than the effective rate — the rate that would be required to bring in the same revenue as the current year.
The tax rate will generate a 3.7 percent increase in revenue.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

• Approved the purchase of two Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office from Reliable Chevrolet of Richardson. The total cost, counting equipping and outfitting, is $82,367.

• Heard Emily Chapa and Austin Haynes, president and vice president respectively of the Brownwood High School FFA, invite commissioners to a forum at the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The topic will be wind energy, which will be the topic of the Ag Issues Forum Team.