Public hearing on 2008 county budget slated for Feb. 5

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Saline County Commission announced at their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the public budget hearing, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 5, due to scheduling conflicts that would result in lack of a quorum.

The budget request for Saline County for Fiscal Year 2008 is expected to come in at about $22.3 million, an increase of a little more than 8 percent over last year's budget.

A goodly portion of the revenue stream that flows into the county's hands doesn't stay there long; it's portioned out to school districts, ambulance districts and both the special and common road district funds, to name just a few destinations for the funds generated.

Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner said the prosecuting attorney's office, Saline County Justice Facility and the tax assessor's office together take the lion's share of county funds.

With an average daily population of 48-50 prisoners in custody at the jail, and nearly 16,000 parcels of land in the county to evaluate and assess, each office has a lot of expensive work to do.

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