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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 4:00 pm

The Franklin County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal year 2013 budget with $63 million in expenditures, which is about $17 million more than last year.

“Our 2013 budget is a balanced budget,” County Auditor Tammy Vemmer said during her presentation of the budget during a public hearing Tuesday.

The new budget has more expenditures because the county will be paying off a 2007 series of bonds for the Pave the County program and the new judicial center, Vemmer said.

With $34.2 million in new revenue expected this year and $58.5 million in carryover from the prior budget year, the county has a total of about $92.7 million available for appropriations.

The new budget has about $39.7 million less revenue than last year. Vemmer explained that the 2012 budget showed more revenue because bonds were refinanced and replaced with another series of bonds. The 2012 revenues included the $39.2 million that the county received when it refinanced the bonds.

About $22.7 million will not be appropriated this year and will be rolled over into next fiscal year’s budget for future bond payments and other operating expenditures.

Employee Raises

Employee raises were a controversial issue in the new budget as only a small number of employees got raises this year, those being workers in the assessor’s office and the recorder of deeds office. Some highway department employees also got raises from their union contract.

County Commissioner Tim Brinker says he feels “horrible” that more employees did not get raises. Some employees have not gotten raises for years while the cost of living has risen, he said.

“This is a very, very conservative budget,” Brinker said.

Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer said he is also disappointed that the county could not afford raises for all the employees.

If the county gets some unexpected revenue, Griesheimer said he supports amending the budget and giving employee raises.

But at this point the county is “holding on by our fingernails,” Griesheimer said.

The county has been hurt by a court ruling that says it cannot collect sales taxes on out-of-state vehicles sales, Griesheimer said.

With sales tax revenue expected to stay flat at about $15.6 million, and declining state and federal funds, officials say the county is operating on a lean budget.

“Given the current state of the economy, I think we’re doing the best we can with what we have to work with,” County Commissioner Mike Schatz said.

This year, there was a 15 percent increase in employee health insurance costs, which will cost $435,000.

The new budget also includes a $3 million emergency fund, which is being set up for the first time this year, Vemmer said.

New Budgets

Compared to 2012

• 2012 county commission, $270,209; 2013, $290,800.

• 2012 county clerk, $438,304; 2013, $443,718.

• 2012 treasurer, $116,093; 2013, $131,928.

• 2012 auditor, $152,447; 2013, $154,356.

• 2012 collector, $502,211; 2013, $568,802.

• 2012 county counselor, $169,378; 2013, $178,770.

• 2012 juvenile office, $314,212; 2013, $341,708.

• 2012 public administrator, $138,975; 2013, $144,565.

• 2012 recorder of deeds, $470,053; 2013, $533,778.

• 2012 economic development/tourism, $24,400; 2013, $32,934.

• 2012 maintenance, $688,295; 2013, $695,074.

• 2012 medical examiner, $237,000; 2013, $246,231.

• 2012 circuit clerk, $189,844; 2013, $127,900.

• 2012 prosecuting attorney, $1.395 million; 2013, $1.392 million.

• 2012 child support, $307,134; 2013, $211,828.

• 2012 juvenile detention, $313,400; 2013, $307,563.

• 2012 health services, $819,950; 2013, $810,702.

• 2012 building department, $477,799; 2013, $427,184.

• 2012 voter registration/elections, $765,190; 2013, $522,885.

• 2012 University of Missouri Extension Center, $167,400; 2013, $167,400.

• 2012 planning and zoning, $242,122; 2013, $209,173.

• 2012 emergency management, $167,046; 2013, $165,057.

• 2012 local emergency management planning committee, $83,350; 2013, $48,350.

• 2012 information technology, $350,483; 2013, $337,836.

• 2012 geographic information systems, $94,833; 2013, $94,341.

• 2012 circuit court, $151,400; 2013, $151,400.

Other Budgets

The county assessor’s office is broken down into two departments — real estate and personal property.

The 2012 assessor’s budget for real estate was $667,883, and the 2013 budget is $596,458.

For personal property, the 2012 assessor’s budget was $365,946, and the 2013 budget is $413,101.

The sheriff’s office in 2012 had a revised budget of $6.991 million compared to the 2013 budget of $7.259 million.

The county jail’s 2012 revised budget was $2.687 million compared to the 2013 budget of $2.732 million.

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