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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 6:00 pm

Even though the proposed 2014 Franklin County budget includes employee pay raises, general fund operating expenditures are less compared to the 2013 budget.

County Auditor Tammy Vemmer said cutbacks in equipment purchases saved money. Instead of budgeting for new equipment, she said the county will rely on its emergency fund of more than $3 million to buy equipment if needed.

Still, some county departments will see increases under the proposed 2014 budget.

The county commission is expected to approve the budget Tuesday after the 9 a.m. public hearing at the government center in Union.

The general fund operating expenditures for 2014 are proposed to be $8.9 million compared to $9.8 million for the current year’s budget.

General fund revenue for 2014 is budgeted at $11.4 million compared to $12 million in 2013.

Sales tax revenue is projected to be $15.9 million, which is about $600,000 more than what the county expected sales tax collections to be for the current year. However, sales tax collections this year are on track to beat 2013 budget projections with $14.7 million collected through November.

Sales tax collections are the county’s single largest source of revenue.

Below is a breakdown of some general fund operations and their proposed 2014 budgets compared to their revised 2013 budgets.

County Commission:

2014: $295,831

2013: $290,800

County Clerk:

2014: $457,262

2013: $443,718

Treasurer:

2014: $123,610

2013: $131,928

Auditor:

2014: $157,593

2013: $154,356

Collector:

2014: $580,059

2013: $588,802

Counselor:

2014: $194,655

2013: $178,770

Circuit Court:

2014: $151,400

2013: $151,400

Circuit Clerk:

2014: $127,900

2013: $127,900

Prosecutor:

2014: $1.42 million

2013: $1.39 million

Child Support:

2014: $183,643

2013: $211,828

Juvenile Office:

2014: $348,731

2013: $341,708

Public Administrator:

2014: $145,031

2013: $144,565

Juvenile Detention:

2014: $307,563

2013: $307,563

Recorder of Deeds:

2014: $455,928

2013: $533, 778

Building Department:

2014: $438,962

2013: $427,184

Voter Registration and Elections:

2014: $715,909

2013: $522,885

Planning and Zoning:

2014: $211,524

2013: $209,173

Emergency Management:

2014: $171,698

2013: $165,057

Information Technology:

2014: $277,936

2013: $337,836

Geographic Information Systems:

2014: $96,918

2013: $94,341

Maintenance Department:

2014: $662,836

2013: $695,074

Rather than being a county department under the general fund the health department is now its own separate fund with a proposed 2014 budget of $539,424 compared to the 2013 budget of $945,427.

Below are some other county funds and their budgets for 2014 compared to 2013:

Road and Bridge Administration:

2014: $505,233

2013: $485,685

Road and Bridge Operations:

2014: $12.9 million

2013: $15.1 million

Assessment Fund:

2014: $870,020

2013: $870,818

Real Estate—Assessor:

2014: $612,403

2013: $596,458

Personal Property—Assessor:

2014: $396,817

2013: $413,101

Sheriff:

2014: $7.4 million

2013: $7.4 million

Jail:

2014: $2.85 million

2013: $2.67 million

County 911:

2014: $801,500

2013: $641,500

911 Addressing:

2014: $1 million

2013: $727,856

911 Dispatching:

2014: $253,044

2013: $245,071

Municipal Court:

2014: $425,101

2013: $152,383

Brush Creek Sewer District:

2014: $525,643

2013: $493,643

Tax Rates

The 2013 property tax rate is 14.83 cents per $100 of assessed value for the general fund and 21.24 cents for road and bridge. That is compared to the 2012 tax rate of 13.08 cents for the general fund and 19.86 cents for road and bridge.

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