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Franklin County Commissioners approved a tentative 2020 $157,971,700 budget on Tuesday. This represents a $5.7 million decrease from the preliminary budget proposed in October. It is $9 million less than this year’s budget. 

The total property tax millage rate remains unchanged at 29.1 mills. This includes a general operating rate of 25 mills and debt service millage of 4.1 mills.  

“We commend our staff for their diligent work in bringing us a budget with no tax increase for general operations for the fourth year in a row,” said Franklin County Commissioner and Chairman Dave Keller.

The 2020 budget reflects funding to accomplish the following priorities:

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  • Increasing public safety and security; 
  • Streamlining government and delivery of services; 
  • Maintaining services that support county citizens through funding existing and new programs for human services and veterans; 
  • Supporting quality of life programs such as farmland preservation and tourism and quality of life enhancement grants; and, 
  • Attracting and retaining a skilled, dedicated workforce.

Included in the Budget:

  • Resources to continue progress on the Court Facility Improvement Project
  • Update and expand our technology infrastructure, systems, and security
  • Upgrade 911 communication software and equipment
  • Continue to expand the use of electronic document management and related process improvements
  • Maintain existing facilities and equipment; replace vehicles and safety equipment
  • Support operations that deliver human services and administer justice

With construction on the future Judicial Center, Administration Building and County Archives Facility renovations underway, the Court Facility Improvement Project is moving ahead, commissioners said. The budget includes $38.1 million for capital expenditures to continue those project activities.

“A main focus for the County is to continue to ensure the Court Facility Improvement Project stays on schedule and within budget to reach our goal of increased security, adequate space, and co-location of offices for more efficient court and county operations,” said Commissioner Chairman Keller.

The 2020 proposed budget is available to view here and at the Commissioners’ Office at 340 N. Second Street until 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17, when the commissioners will vote to accept or amend the final budget.

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