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Jacobs proposing $893M county budget that emphasizes jobs, education, recreation

The county mayor will present the proposed budget Tuesday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will present a $893.6 million budget Tuesday afternoon for the upcoming fiscal year that focuses on education, recreation and job creation.

There's no plan to raise taxes. The county, in fact, is strong from a sale tax revenue perspective.

The current budget is about $851 million. It was prepared in the midst of the pandemic, at a time when finance officials across the state anticipated severe repercussions.

The 2021-22 budget includes 5 percent raises for uniformed personnel with the Knox County Sheriff's Office from the rank of captain on down.

Higher ranked uniform personnel and non-uniform personnel will get 3 percent raises under the plan, which must be approved by Knox County Commission.

About two-thirds of the budget is consumed by Knox County Schools. The school board has approved Superintendent Bob Thomas' $540 million plan and forwarded it on to the Mayor's Office.

Jacobs is set to present his budget Tuesday afternoon at the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.