County budget panel to continue review of proposed $5 million budget

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FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Budget Committee will meet Thursday, May 6, to continue review of a proposed $5 million budget to run county operations for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the commissioners’ office at the county courthouse.

Commissioners previously voted to approve a proposed $5 million budget, which reflects a $120,273 increase from the current budget of about $4.9 million. It also factors in $1.6 million for the detention center.

The Budget Committee will review $5.18 million in department requests and the commissioners’ proposal to determine what it will recommend to go to public hearing.

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Under the commissioners’ proposal, after factoring in $656,600 in estimated, anticipated revenues, the tax assessment that would be due collectively from the towns would be $4.36 million, $214,173 more than the 2009-10 tax assessment.

The commissioners’ package eliminates cost-of-living increases for nonunion employees and elected officials in an effort to get the budget down.

Some money remains in the budget for possible increases for union employees due to continued negotiations to reach contract agreements.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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