Angelina County budget workshop Tuesday; Sheriff asking for tax increase

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County sheriff's eight-month campaign for more funding for his office comes to a head in Tuesday's budget workshop.

Sheriff Greg Sanches said he is asking for a two-cent property tax hike to fund six new deputies and four new patrol units.

The commissioners court will hold a special session budget workshop, and Sanches has asked those in support of his measure to attend the session.

County Judge Wes Suiter said in a June interview that he would not be discussing any of the sheriff's budget concerns until the public workshop period. Suiter said that he had 32 departments to fund by state mandate, and many of those are also asking for increases. Suiter also pointed out that preliminary numbers from the appraisal district show the county losing $382 million is appraised property value.

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