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LUMBERTON — A public hearing will be held on Robeson County’s proposed fiscal budget for 2014-15 when the county Board of Commissioners meets on Monday.

The $151 million proposal, introduced by County Manager Ricky Harris last month, keeps the tax rate the same at 77 cents for every $100 of property value, and does not include a cost-of-living increase for employees. It also calls for the hiring of two new employees, a registered nurse for health care at the jail and a deputy sheriff for the county’s pre-trial program; includes a $1 million increase in the cost of health insurance; and adds $350,000 for new cars for the Sheriff’s Office.

The county’s proposed budget holds the line on special appropriations, with only the Teen Court, United Way, Southeast Economic Partnership and the Robeson County Public Library seeing increases over the current fiscal year.

The proposal recommends that the commissioners implement a recently completed pay and compensation plan.

In other business, the commissioners will hear a presentation from Everett Davis, secretary of the Lumber River State Park Citizens Advisory Committee, concerning a request for county financial support for the 2014 Lumber River Day Festival to be held on July 19.

In a letter to the Board of Commissioners, Davis has requested $1,000 for a bouncing castle, inflated slide and train ride for children. The donation would also be used toward printing posters for the event.

The commissioners last year donated $1,000 toward the event that celebrates the Lumber River and attempts to make local residents more aware of the river’s importance as a natural resource.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the commissioners on Monday will also:

— Hear a presentation from Margaret Lennon, area agency on aging administrator for the Lumber River Council of Governments, about allocations Robeson County will receive in the upcoming fiscal year through the Home & Community Care Block Grant.

— Consider employment agreements with the providers of dental services for inmates at the Robeson County jail.

— Hear an update from Steve Edge, the county’s Solid Waste director, on the new generator to be installed at the county landfill in St. Pauls.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.

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