That budget, currently in a draft form, has not yet been made public, but Judge-Executive
“We have a draft budget that addresses the needs of our community, infrastructure and roads,” he said. “But it does not require a property tax increase. That's due to excellent supervision on the part of county commissioners and staff.”
Taxable real estate value in
The county levies
Already, the county has reduced its debt by about
The completion of a draft budget signals the end of a months-long review process that involves departmental heads and individual commissioners charged with oversight. Commissioners scrutinize their departments' spending proposals alongside staff before staging conferences with Mattingly for review. From there, those spending requests become budget line items that undergo public work sessions and, finally,
It's an arduous process, Mattingly said, but it ensures fiscally effective delivery of public services and the ability to recruit able-bodied civil servants.
“Let's face it,” he said. “
Additional expenditures next fiscal year will likely include a fire truck for the
“Everyone does a great job holding the numbers down every year,” he said. “There are quite a few filters that this thing goes through, but it makes us more efficient and it ensures that there are never any arbitrary line items in a county budget.”
Both meetings are open to the public.
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