Monday begins the two-week budget process for the Jackson County Commission. The goal is to balance out an expected 1.3 million dollar deficit, mainly coming from new purchase requests.
The revenues, according to commissioners, are similar to what they have been in previous budget years, and they say they will base their budget on the amount of money available in an effort to not increase the millage rate which has hovered around 7.1 mil for the last ten years.
Based on last years millage rate and the current year's taxable value, the Commission will receive about 9.9 million dollars in general revenue ad Valorem taxes. Along with additional sources of revenue, the County has about 17.9 million dollars in General Fund Revenue. With all the current department requests, the expected expenditures are about 19.2 million dollars, leaving the county to make up for a 1.3 million dollar deficit.
Commissioner Jeremy Branch says this deficit reflects mainly news purchase requests, and they will work very hard to see which ones to grant and where to cut in order to keep from raising the millage rate.
"We don't base our budget on the requests. We base our budget on the amount of money we have," says Commissioner Jeremy Branch. "We live within our means, and we will see if we can make small cuts in other areas to help free up a small amount of money to be able to buy some new equipment for our departments."
These numbers do not reflect the Road Department expenditures and other departments like Recycling because they are supported through separate funds.