County: No tax hikes, no furloughs

Published 8:50 am Monday, June 21, 2010

The Decatur County Commissioners will consider a proposed budget beginning July 1 that will not require a tax increase nor layoffs or furlough days.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the $24,267,720 budget on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the commission’s chambers located at 203 W. Broughton St. The following Tuesday, June 29, at 11 a.m., the board is scheduled to adopt the budget.

Carl Rowland, the finance director for the county, said revenue and expense projections for 2010-2011 are $258,237 less than the 2009-2010 budget.

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Rowland’s report said the general fund, special revenue fund and the debt service fund are $1,011,738 less this year, but the proprietary funds are up that amount. Proprietary funds include the landfill and Emergency Medical Service fees, which make up the bulk of the funds’ amount.

The county proposes the Sheriff’s Department receive $3,294,999, which is $94,870 more than last year. A major jump in the sheriff’s budget is overtime, going from the current $205,000 to $320,000. Furthermore, the sheriff’s department has budgeted zero for courthouse security, whereas last year it spent $85,000.

Corrections will also see a slight increase in its budget for next year, up from $3,685,675 to $3,762,307. The jail will see a decrease of $33,737 next year.

Fire and Rescue’s budget climbed slightly, from $1,057,927 last year to $1,069137 for next year.

Departments that will also see decreases in the budget are highway and street, down from $2,603,779 last year to $2,481,712 proposed for next year. General government buildings and plant, maintenance and shop, and planning and zoning will see slight drops in their budgets.

View the 2010-2011 County Budget (2MB PDF)