June 28, 2018
Even though the FY19 budget increased by $388,653 over the FY18 budget, the commissioners were proud of themselves for all the “cuts” they made. There will be additional revenue of $350,480 over the previous year and the BOC will still have to take $261,646 out of fund balance to balance the $10,429,900 FY19 budget.
What the BOC cut was the huge wish list submitted by all the departments. The budget still increased 4% over last year. Taxes will increase overall by 4.27% for the County portion only.
The BOC advertised the budget in the paper the same day as the public hearings, so no one could know what was in the budget or anything else about it. Remember, when no one shows up for the hearings, Carl Pennamon says this means the public doesn’t have a problem with the budget. No, it means no one knows anything about it. We all have come to realize it does not matter if we have any concerns or comments; the BOC does not react to public comments anyway.
The BOC approved the FY19 budget tonight at a special called meeting. It included a 3% pay raise for county employees, and a 54% increase in debt payments.
School taxes will also increase by 2.58% over their last year’s budget, according to the school board’s ad in the paper.
County budget as advertised:
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