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Brown County Commissioners include cuts to non-profit in new budget

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - Even after a Brown County commissioner said weeks ago that they'd reconsider large cuts to Good Samaritan Ministries, on Monday, the commissioners court passed the cuts to the non-profit that helps feed the needy.

Brown County Commissioners have approved their budget for the next fiscal year. It's not available on the county's website, but KTXS obtained a copy.

According to the 2018 Brown County budget, Good Samaritan will get only $4,800 next fiscal year. In 2017, the county budgeted $14,000 for the non-profit, which actually received $9,200.

The number was higher in 2016, with commissioners giving Good Samaritan $15,100, according to financial records.

Joel Johnson and his wife have spent the last five years volunteering at Good Samaritan Ministries, which mainly focusing on clothing and feeding those living at or below the poverty line in Brown County.

"I think it's going to hurt them quite a bit in being able to sustain the food supplies that they have," Johnson said.

Johnson said the non-profit provides help to people from various economic and social backgrounds.

"There's a lot of people out here that are in need, in financial need, and struggling, having hard times with it," Johnson said. "It's a good way to let them know, in a Christian way, that people care about them."

Along with the cuts, county commissioners approved a tax rate hike. Under the new rate, residents with a home valued at $100,000 will now pay $624 in taxes.

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