BRYAN, Texas—Brazos County leaders unveiled the proposed 2019 county budget Thursday afternoon in the Commissioner’s Courtroom.

County Judge Duane Peters presented the proposed budget that comes to a total of $247 million, down by $2.9 million from last year’s total budget.

According to Judge Peters, the overall county debt for 2019 has also decreased by 35 percent while the general fund has increased by 4 percent.

County officials are proposing that more money go into capital projects likes roads, buildings, and expanding or renovating other structures.

Peters also presented the proposed tax rate at $0.485 per $100 of appraised valuation—the same rate it’s been for the last four years.

County leaders will hold a public hearing to review the proposed budget on August 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Courtroom.

Also, on the agenda today, Commissioners set the dates for two public meetings to discuss raising tax revenue rates.

“I mean the county is growing. We've got a lot of requirements to try to keep up with, and that's what we've been able to do without increasing the tax rates,” said Peters.

The public meetings to discuss tax revenue increases for 2019 will be held on August 28 at 1:45 p.m. and September 4 at 6 p.m.

To see the full 2019 proposed budget, click here.