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County commissioners introduce 2023 budget with no tax increase

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The county commissioners on Wednesday introduced a $244 million budget for 2023 that includes a $74.8 million general fund and does not raise taxes.

The budget, which the commissioners will formally consider at their Dec. 21 meeting, reflects a 4% decrease in the total budget and a 9% decrease in the general fund due to the influx of federal grants.

County officials said they expect the budget to return to pre-COVID-19 levels beginning in 2024, when most of the federal grant money has to be spent or committed to projects.

The budget also includes a fund balance of $4 million, which is an increase over this year’s $2.89 million fund balance.

A 157-page copy of the detailed version of the budget that contains projected line-by-line listings of revenue and expenses in all departments and Wednesday’s budget overview have been posted on the county website. A printed version is available in the commissioner’s office.

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