No later than September 30th each year.
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County offices utilize past spending patterns, economic forecasts, and future growth projections to aid them in their budget requests. They also may request new technology or wish to implement new programs. The budget office reviews these requests and makes additions or deletions where deemed necessary based on the same information. Once approved by the Commissioner's Court, the budget then serves as a benchmark for departmental planning for the upcoming year. Historically the County uses 95% to 96% of its allocated budget yearly.
A copy of the current and/or past budget(s) is available at the County Clerk's Office located at:
405 Martin Luther King StreetGeorgetown, TX 78626-4901
You may also access a copy online on our Budget Overview page.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget has a budgeted workforce of 1,865 full-time employees.
The total approved budget is $505,381,808 with the General Fund budget at $282,468,650, the Debt Service Fund budget at $164,965,819 and the Road and Bridge Fund budget at $57,947,339.
The current operating budget using general fund monies includes a wide range of departments and services. The top expenditures from the general fund are:
The term general fund budget refers to the expenditures and revenues associated with the delivery of services by county agencies funded with several different revenue sources. Services provided under the general fund include parks maintenance, juvenile detention center operations, tax office operations, justice courts, sheriff’s office, and emergency services to name a few.
A fiscal year is a 12-month operating cycle that comprises a budget and financial reporting period. Williamson County’s budget is based on an annual fiscal year that starts October 1st and runs through September 30th.
Total tax rate adopted is 0.375608 or 0.204216 for the General Fund, 0.037492 for the Road and Bridge Fund and 0.1339 for the Debt Service Fund.
The operating budget provides funding for the day-to-day operation of the county. It includes the operation of county buildings and facilities, salaries for county employees, and many of the services available to citizens.
The capital budget provides funding for the construction of roads, bridges, buildings, parks and other pieces of the infrastructure. These are one-time costs rather than recurring.
The budget is an annual financial plan for Williamson County Government. It specifies the level of county services to be provided in the coming year and the resources, including personnel positions, capital expenditures, and operating expenses needed to provide these services. It reflects the policies and priorities set by Commissioners Court.
The county has several funding sources that pay for the services provided in the operating budget. Revenue primarily comes from these main sources:
The Williamson County Appraisal District annually assesses the taxable value of all property in Williamson County. The County Commissioners Court has no control over the taxable value of property; it only has control over the annual property tax rate that is levied.
Watch the "Who's responsible for the county budget?" YouTube Video.