Commissioners pass $233 million appropriations budget for 2015
BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 21, 2014) – The Clermont County Board of Commissioners approved an appropriations budget of $233 million for 2015 during their Nov. 19 session. The appropriation covers the county’s General Fund and all other funds under the budgetary control of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
The budget reflects increased General Fund operating revenues of $50.9 million, compared to $49.7 million in 2014. That reflects an uptick in sales tax revenue, according to Sukie Scheetz, Director of the Office of Budget and Management. The county is still below its peak year of 2007 when it had $53.3 million in operating revenues, she said, noting that the county has not fully recovered from the effects of the recent recession.
Commissioners outlined some priorities for the 2015 General Fund budget, which include:
• Opening approximately 50 additional beds in the Adult Detention Center
• Continued funding of the Community Alternative Sentencing Center, which provides treatment to substance abusers in lieu of jail time
• Salary increases for county employees averaging 2.35%
• Restoration of some previously unfunded sheriff’s deputy positions
• Continuation of economic development plans
• Continuation of the currently approved capital plan
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(Photo above: Commissioners Ed Humphrey, David Uible and Bob Proud.)