Madison County commissioners approved the 2014 budget Dec. 30 after months of discussion.
Next year’s budget is up slightly from this year, from $13.59 million in 2013 to $13.92 million in 2014, a 2.4 percent increase. Expected revenues are up slightly from $12,954,333 to $13,065,800 an increase of less than one percent.
Commissioners kept this year’s tax rates steady, but the county will bring in slightly more in property tax revenue, from $6,503,698 to $6,664,159 due to a small increase in the county’s digest, or overall property value.
The county has budgeted just over $850,000 from its reserve fund to balance next year’s budget.
County commission chairman Anthony Dove said the county must provide a balanced budget, but that the reserves don’t necessarily have to be pulled to cover expenses.
“That’s what you have to show you have,” said Dove. “That doesn’t mean you have to spend it.”
Commissioner John Pethel provided the lone vote against the budget Dec. 30. He has repeatedly said he disapproves of the 2014 budget.
“That’s almost twice as much coming out of reserves this year (2014) as last year (2013),” said Pethel.