• County introduces tighter budget for 2013

  • Jackson County officials on Monday unveiled, without discussion, the proposed 2013 budget.

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  • Jackson County officials on Monday unveiled, without discussion, the proposed 2013 budget.
    The budget includes $300.27 million in spending and would not raise county taxes.
    Hearings are scheduled for Nov. 26 and 27, and legislators are expected to approve the budget after that.
    The bigger items in the budget include:
    • $85.68 million for the general fund, everything from $3.3 million for the Jackson County and Kansas City election boards to $7 million for prosecutor’s office to $30.47 for local courts. About half of that $85.68 million comes from taxes. Much of the rest comes from fees, licenses and permits, as well as from the state and federal governments.
    • $48 million for debt service for the recent improvements to Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums and a $27 million sports complex sales tax capital projects fund. Voters approved a 25-year, three-eighths cent sales tax for those renovations in 2006. There’s also a $6.7 million convention and sports complex fund.
    • $23.79 million for the health fund, including the medical examiner’s office and funds for the two Truman Medical Center hospitals.
    • $25.68 million for the road and bridge fund.
    • $15.25 million for parks.
    • $2.1 million for 911 service.
    The county anticipates $306.36 million in revenue, with $6.09 million as an undesignated fund balance. By comparison, a year ago the county was looking at $313.97 million revenue for 2012, with a $5.23 million reserve, but officials have had to make cuts in recent weeks as state funding and a state tax change have cut into county revenues by $4.1 million. The county is eliminating about 35 jobs by the end of the 2012 to account for those cuts, but no personnel cuts are expected in 2013.
    County Executive Mike Sanders has said he hopes to find enough money in the 2013 budget that county employees can get merit pay increases large enough to at least keep up with inflation.

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