The county is making steady progress towards approval of its FY2020 budget following the first public hearing at the June 13 County Board of Commissioners meeting. 

The FY2020 budget comes in at a total number of $105,060,214. Staff noted the proposed budget maintains the commitment to balance current year revenues with current year expenses, and it also adds an additional $416,436 to the General Fund balance. While the millage rate remains the same, there will be a minimum property tax increase required.

The biggest chunk of the revenue pie comes from property taxes (54.9 percent) and sales tax (25.9). 

The largest portion of expenditures by function goes towards public safety at 40.2 percent. By type, personnel costs account for 65 percent of expenditures. 

A key feature of the budget is a raise for public safety employees. All certified public safety positions would receive a roughly 9.09 percent raise. The rest of the workforce would be eligible for a merit-based bump. The total impact is an estimated $2.3 million. 

Sheriff Barry Babb thanked the commissioners for their consideration in adding the raises to the budget, saying he was speechless.

“I came here to grow as the community grew, and I think this is something that’s the icing on the cake,” he said. “It’s the package that puts us with the other metro counties, which this county has always deserved.”

Along with the Sheriff’s Office, the raise would apply to county fire, 911, code enforcement, and the Marshal’s Office.

“We’ve got great public safety. Y’all know that,” he said. “We just appreciate your support.”

The commissioners are expected to vote on the budget at their June 27 meeting.