Current county budget includes tax hikes

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM.

The budget presented to the Board of County Commissioners last week included a lengthy wish list.

Commissioners began Monday snuffing out those wishes.

The BOCC was presented last week by its budget committee with a budget that would see expenditures increase by more than $2.6 million, a 27 percent increase from the current year and representing a 1.7 millage rate hike compared to this year.

“It is not going to be an easy year,” Clerk of Courts Becky Norris.

By the end of a special meeting Monday commissioners had closed the gap but remained looking at a budget that will demand a tax increase.

Commissioners also tentatively approved a 5-cent increase to the county gas tax.

One significant concern is the amount of cash carry forward in the budget, those dollars that are intended as a kind of rolling reserve into which commissioners have dipped over recent years to “plug holes” in the budget in order to avoid raising millage rates, said county administrator Don Butler.

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