At last week’s Paulding County Board of Commissioners work session, there was a public hearing for the new budget proposed at $128.2 million.
The overall budget is divided into fire, special court, special SPLOST, solid waste, water and sewer, E-911 and general funds.
The largest of those, the general fund, is set at $54.2 million.
There is a proposed use of $1.92 million from reserves to balance the general fund. The reserves fund contains about $25 million.
“We are not using fund balance [savings] for operations, we are using it for one-time purchases such as capital improvements,” Pollard said.
The area with the biggest increase in the general fund is the non-departmental category. It has a planned increase of $1.52 million.
The area is labeled non-departmental because the items do not fall into just one department, Pollard said. These are capital items that need to be replaced, she said.
Computers are the highest single budgeted expenditure in this category at $460,000. There also is an expenditure of $106,000 to replace a wireless network.
Another capital project is the replacement of the roof on the old county courthouse in downtown Dallas for $225,000.
Post 3 Commissioner Tommie Graham said he would vote for the budget the way it is written.
“We are in far better shape [than we were],” he said.
In the last budget year the county had three furlough days, but plans to have none this fiscal year 2014.
Graham said, “[We are] very careful as we add services back.”
He said he is happy with the planned $591,000 increase in the department of transportation budget so the county can maintain more roads.
Also the county has proposed a millage rate of 8.22, rolled back from 8.29.
The Board of Commissioners are set to vote on the budget and the millage rate Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.
To see the budget visit paulding.gov. Click forms and documents under the financial departments tab.