Charleston County's proposed 2011-12 budget has no new tax increase — and not much other new stuff, period.

Instead, the proposed $171.1 million spending plan unveiled this week would try to hold the line on providing law enforcement, ambulance service and other county services, Assistant County Administrator for Finance Keith Bustraan said today.

"It's kind of a quiet budget as one would expect," he said, "We're smaller than we were, and we're still trying to provide services of value to citizens while living within constraints of the revenues without a tax increase."

There's no cost of living increase for the county's employees for the third straight year, and the budget is down about $5.6 million from the current year's budget.

Owners of a $250,000 home currently pay about $364 in taxes for county government, and Bustraan said that should not change.

Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.