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County approves 2016-2017 budget

The Franklin County Commission Friday approved its annual budget for fiscal year 2017-2017.

In a special called meeting Friday morning, a total of $12,248,910.83 was approved, to be divided as follows: General Fund, $6,750,417.71; Solid Waste Department, $2,431,635.17; and Highway Department, $3,066,857.95.

The difference needed to balance this year’s budget, explained Probate Judge Barry Moore, will come from transfers from that Capital Improvement Fund, Public Buildings Fund, Public Highway and Traffic Fund and fund balance brought forward from last fiscal year.

The budget includes a 50-cent cost of living raise for all employees, any step raises due in the fiscal year and a pay scale adjustment for the solid waste department. There will be a 4 percent increase in the health insurance premiums that will be absorbed in this budget.

“I want to thank the department heads and county commissioners for all they did on the previous budget,” Moore said. “It was tight, and this budget is going to be tight, but I appreciate all the work the department heads, commissioners and employees do for the county.”

During the called meeting, the county also approved the reappraisal budget and approved end-of-fiscal-year bills and line item transfers.