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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

2020 budget marks 3 percent increase


December 5, 2019

On Monday, Dec. 2, County Administrative Director Gary Petrovich presented the final 2020 county budget to the county commissioners.

The final 2020 budget came out to $64,002,692.

“The 2020 budget is a three percent increase from the 2019 adopted budget,” Petrovich said. “The 2019 adopted budget was $62,303,720.”

When the preliminary budget was presented, Petrovich estimated that the revenues in the general fund would be $16,867,500. These revenues primarily come from general property tax, retail sales and use taxes, state grants and public safety-private source revenue. The final budget showed the 2020 general funds coming out to $17,112,949.

Compared to 2019, the general funds increased by $128,596 or one percent.

Petrovich mentioned that in the general funds, the estimated beginning fund balance will be $146,065 in 2020.

“This is cash that is used to balance out the general fund revenue,” Petrovich said. “In 2019 we used $1,094,268 in cash to balance. There will be a $948,203 decrease from cash to balance in the general fund.”


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