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Proposed Bulloch County budget tops $40 million
No private citizens attend budget hearing
Bulloch County Seal W

Only media showed up Tuesday evening for a public hearing on the proposed Bulloch County budget for fiscal year 2019. The only others in attendance were county employees or officials, said assistant county manager Andy Welch.

The next public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Bulloch County Annex on North Main Street. County residents are encouraged to attend to review the budget (or view it online beforehand) and comment on any concerns.

Bulloch County commissioners will vote to adopt or amend the budget afterward.

The proposed general fund budget is $40, 314,041. The general fund is “used to account for all county general financial resources, except those to be accounted for in another fund,” according to the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners website, www.bullochcounty.net.

The proposed FY2019 budget can be viewed in its entirety at http://bullochcounty.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bulloch-County-Fiscal-Year-2019-Draft.pdf.

The budget shows a balance between expected revenues (taxes, licenses and permits, fines, forfeitures, service fees, investment income, contributions/donations and miscellaneous) and projected expenditures (general government, judicial, public safety, public works, health and welfare, culture/recreation, community development and a reserve [contingency fund]).

In the budget proposal, Bulloch County public safety gets the lion’s share of the budget at 43 percent. Public works is allowed 15 percent; culture and recreation gets 14 percent; general government gets 14 percent; and judicial services reaps 9 percent of the budgeted funds.

Under the public safety umbrella, the Bulloch County Jail garners a proposed 26 percent of the budget; the Sheriff’s Office would get 25 percent; and the Bulloch County Correctional Institute would receive 11 percent.

Court services is allowed 6 percent of the proposed budgeted funds, whole crime suppression gets 5 percent, and investigations garners 3 percent, as does humane enforcement/animal shelter.

Almost half (47 percent) of the money budgeted for public works would go to roads, while 45 percent would be earmarked for solid waste and 7 percent for fleet maintenance.

For further information on where the county money is projected to go, visit the Bulloch County Annex to view the budget or access it at www.bullochcounty.net.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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