Monday, May 9, 2016

Franklin County starting its budget process

            Franklin County is starting its annual budget process.

The board agreed last week to send budget letters to all county departments and constitutional offices.

As has been the case over the past few years, the county is asking that the offices not seek any budget increases this year.

Any requested budget increase will have to be justified to the board.

Franklin County has been keeping a tight rein on its budget in recent years since the collapse of property values nationwide.

The property appraiser’s office has not yet released its estimated property values for the year.

Non-governmental groups are also being asked to keep their budget requests at the same level as last year, though commissioners say that until they have all the numbers they do not know at what level, if any, non-governmental groups will receive county funding this year.