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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Employee wages and benefits are the largest expense for offices that fall under the county’s general fund.

The budget approved by the Franklin County Commission on Tuesday has $32.4 million in expenditures. But that includes $22.8 million in transfers to the law enforcement fund, family court fund, road and bridge fund, capital improvement fund and office building fund.

The general fund started the year with a fund balance of $38.4 million. New general fund revenues for the fiscal year are expected to be $11.8 million, and operating expenditures are expected to be $9.5 million.

The budget states that the general fund will end the year with $17.8 million unspent. Of that, $4.2 million is unappropriated and will be rolled into an emergency reserve for the general fund.

The remaining $13.6 million is restricted to pay off a 2008 series of bonds in 2014. Those bonds are for the Pave the County program, courthouse renovation and the sheriff’s office heating and air conditioning project.

That does not mean those projects will be completely paid off next year, just that particular series of bonds. The county won’t completely pay off the bonds for Pave the County, the courthouse renovation, the sheriff’s office heating and air conditioning project, the new judicial building and government center until April 2032.

Taxes are the largest source of revenue for the county’s general fund followed by charges for services.

County departments have been hit with an increase in health insurance costs this year. Below are some of the departments that get money from the general fund:

County Commission

The Franklin County Commission budget for 2013 increased over last year.

The new budget, which was approved Tuesday, has $290,800 in expenditures, compared to 2012, which had $270,209.

The three county commissioners’  wages and benefits total $273,500 compared to $256,509 last year.

The commissioners’ wages are staying the same as last year, but their selected health plans have gone up in cost.

In addition, the budget also has $4,000 set aside for office equipment.

County Clerk

Expenditures for the Franklin County clerk are budgeted slightly higher in 2013 compared to 2012.

The new county clerk’s budget will have $443,718 in expenditures compared to the 2012 budget of $438,304.

Wages and benefits for the office’s seven full-time employees came to $359,194 in the new budget.

The next largest expense is contractual services at $45,526.

Treasurer’s Office

The budget for the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office increased by about $15,000 over last year.

The new treasurer’s budget is $131,928 compared to $116,093 last year. The main reason for the increase is health insurance costs, which rose from $4,557 to $15,070 for the treasurer’s office.

Wages and benefits for  one full-time and one part-time employee in the treasurer’s office will cost $121,716.

County Auditor

The county auditor’s budget increased by about $2,000 over 2012.

The new budget is $154,356. Pay and benefits for  the office’s two full-time workers total $146,231.

County Collector

The budget for the county collector’s office went up by about $66,000 over 2012.

The new budget is $568,802 with pay and benefits at $386,802.

Most of the increase is needed to pay for an additional full-time collector specialist. This would increase the office’s full-time employees from six to seven.

Recorder of Deeds

The budget for the recorder of deeds office has increased this year.

The new budget is $533,778 compared to the 2012 budget of $470,053.

A big reason for the increase is that contractual services costs have risen from $37,000 to $80,000.

That increased because computer maintenance  costs will be paid out of the recorder of deed’s regular budget instead of the office’s records preservation fund.

Wages and benefits for the recorder of deeds office have increased by $13,675, for a total of $402,153. A big reason for that increase is that the recorder of deeds office may hire an additional part-time records technician. The office currently has seven full-time employees and one part-time employee, County Auditor Tammy Vemmer said.

Public Administrator

The budget for the public administrator office went up slightly this year.

The new budget is $144,565, compared to 2012, which was $138,975.

Wages and benefits of two full-time employees comes to $129,659.

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