County adopts budget with no increase for taxpayers

Jun 12, 2019 at 07:00 am by Dale-RB

Washington County Commissioners reduced its 2020 deficit spending last week by trimming spending projections in three areas for the upcoming fiscal year.

The board approved the budget ordinance by a 5-0 vote following discussions that resulted in decisions to:

• Not to increase funding for the MTW Health Department by $6,000;

• Not to purchase an aerial photograph program ($26,308) that could increase property tax revenue and reduce the cost of revaluation;

• Slightly reduce the appropriation for county school operations.

The changes cut the appropriation from the fund balance (think of it as the county’s savings account) to $200,803.

The budget of $14.3 million calls for no tax hike or utility increases.

Commissioners refused to budge on its funding for the MTW Health Department. MTW Director Wes Gray sought an additional $6,000 to help limit dependence on the health department’s fund balance...

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