Local leaders face an approximate $1 million shortfall between projected revenues and expenses in next year’s county government budget. And Madison County commissioners want county department heads to shave five percent off their expenses for 2015.
The group will meet again at 9 a.m., Sept. 17, to discuss what cuts local department heads and constitutional officers propose.
The board has met several times in recent weeks to discuss next year’s budget. The group talked again last week about how to tackle the revenue shortfall. The 2015 budget includes $13.25 million in projected revenue versus $14.27 million in total expenses.
Once again, the group has decided not to increase the tax burden on local property owners. With a slight increase in the county’s digest — overall property value — the BOC could have left its tax rates steady and raised another $100,000 in tax revenues. But the commissioners are rolling their tax rates back slightly to wipe out that potential revenue gain.
The board is also facing increased health insurance costs for county employees in 2015. The county pays approximately $1 million to insure its employees and that expense will be up roughly $100,000 next year. Likewise, the state government mandated one-percent pay increases for all constitutionally elected officers. The board always ties county pay to the state. Since local elected officials are required by law to get the one-percent raise, the BOC provides all employees the same benefit. This will add roughly $60,000 to next year’s budget.
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