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Rutherford County commissioners downplay property tax increase

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Rutherford County's fast-growing population may not have to budget for another property tax increase after all.

"None of us want it," Rutherford County Commissioner Will Jordan told News 2 Tuesday. "I am 100% against it after last year."

He was among the majority of commissioners who voted last year for a 4.1% property tax increase.

Jordan and Rutherford County's 20 other commissioners took the first step in the annual budget process with a workshop Tuesday night at the courthouse in downtown square of Murfreesboro.

Once again, the county's fast growing student population is at the heart of why there may be some consideration of property tax increase.

School officials said the district adds an average of 1,200 students per year while spending $1,200 less per pupil than the state average.

For the 2013-14 school year, the Rutherford County K-12 student population was 41,000.

Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m., the Rutherford County School Board meets to discuss its budget plans and potential cuts.

This year’s school budget is about $302 million, which is about three quarters of the county's entire budget.

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