Thursday, September 3, 2009
Supervisors work out budget plan
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted in budget hearings Monday to keep the same budget the county operated on in fiscal year 2008-09, with the exception of granting a millage increase for the school district.
There are no budget increases or decreases in county departments and all line items remain the same for the proposed 2009-10 fiscal year budget.
The Marshall County School District Board of Trustees originally posted a 4.5 mill increase, but the supervisors approved a 3.53 mill increase, which covers $577,599 the school district requested, according to Larry Hall, county administrator.
Not all supervisors were pleased about raising the millage rate, but they did so according to state law, said Hall, speaking on behalf of the board of supervisors.
“After reducing the overall mill rate by 10 mills for the 2008-09 budget, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors feels it to be in the best interests of all residents of the county to retain the same tax rate for the 2009-10 budget,” Hall said in a press release Tuesday. “This budget is kept at the same dollar level of funding in order to provide adequate emergency and routine services necessary for a safe community and to sustain measures necessary to accommodate growth patterns we are experiencing.”
Hall said the the board of supervisors, persuant to state law, approved the lawful budget request submitted by the school board. It was $577,599 requested in ad valorem taxes or an increase in millage of 3.53 mills for the school district over last year.
The vote by the board of supervisors to keep the same county budget as last year means that all departments will work out of the same budget they had in fiscal year 2008-09 unless projected county tax revenues in fiscal year 2009-10 fail to materialize as expected, Hall said.
The total mill rate last year came to 108.95 and the rate for the upcoming year will be set at 112.48 mills unless the board of supervisors makes changes, up or down, before adopting the budget on September 15.
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