After a motion by Magistrate Jon Goodwin and a second by Magistrate Mike Wright, the Fiscal Court approved a tentative budget when it met Monday evening. The current fiscal year’s budget is at $6,380,575, while the tentative 2012/2013 budget is at $6,004,457, a difference of $376,118, or about 6.5 percent, said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries, who called the budget “a work in progress.”
“We are using no prior year carryover for this year’s budget,” Humphries said. “Concerns that we do have is that the health department amount has increased. It’s based on a 2.3 cents per $100 on tax assessment.”
Humphries said one of the main concerns in the budget is the requested increase from 1.8 to 2.3 percent in funding for the Pennyrile District Health Department, which means there will be less money in the budget allocated for Trigg County Hospital.
“With the health department’s request continually going up, obviously we have tried to keep taxes down and not raise taxes,” Humphries said. “But the issue has become to where that has lowered the amount going to the hospital. So one is increasing while the other one is decreasing, and the value has stayed constant. So that is a concern for the long term.”
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