That total does not include the money set aside for transportation bond projects, which is shown as $22.3 million in the proposed budget, but described by Rhoten as closer to $24 million.
The funds will wrap up the remaining bond projects, Riley said, the Western Loop and interchange, the Aledo Trail one-way couplet and a drainage study the court authorized in Springtown. Some of the monies will go toward a continuing alignment study that is expected to map an eastern loop around Weatherford.
Riley described the proposed budget as a good one, considering the recovering local economy.
“Our growth is steady, not phenomenal.” he said. “Everybody is doing over and above sometimes, working hard to make it work and not come back and ask for a lot of money.”
Elected officials will not get a raise, the judge said, but a pay increase for rank-and-file employees — within the available funds — will be a priority for court discussion.
“There’s not going be a tax rate increase; it’s not necessary,” he said.