FARMINGTON – The Franklin County budget panel will continue review of a proposed $3.3 million budget for 2009-10 on Thursday.

That amount does not include $1.6 million, after revenues are factored in, to operate the jail, which the state is expected to take over on July 1. That money will still be needed to be raised through county taxation.

The commissioners have already approved a $3.34 million spending plan, reducing it by about $15,000 from departments’ requests. The bulk of the cuts came out of the Sheriff’s Department dispatch budget for overtime at $10,000.

The county Budget Committee members have so far flat-funded Western Maine Community Action at $33,000 compared to the requested $49,500 that commissioners approved, Deputy Treasurer/Clerk Charisse Keach said last week.

The Committee plans to review the Sheriff’s Department proposed $1.3 million budget and the $596,475 for the communications center at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the courthouse.

They also will meet with architects to go over proposed plans for a new public safety building. That project still needs to go out to a referendum if commissioners decide to pursue it.

Once the budget panel approves a budget it will go to a public hearing before the Committee votes on it. The approved plan then goes back to commissioners for a final vote. It would take two-thirds of a vote to override the Committee’s budget.


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