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Sound Jefferson County budget for 2018

Telephone town hall on Oct. 17


Jefferson County is forward-thinking. And that includes the county’s budgeting.

“We’re always looking to the future,” said Mary O’Neil, director of budget and risk management.

Although there are some needs that can’t be addressed at this time — like the county’s aging demographic which will require additional needs and resources in the future that are not available right now — the budget proposed for 2018 is solid, said Daniel Conway, the county’s budget manager.

The county’s anticipated total budget for 2018 is $555.8 million. The county expects a slight increase in both revenue and expenditures over 2017.

Forecasted revenues for the 2018 fiscal year are estimated to be $432.9 million — an increase of 3.8 percent when compared to 2017.

Property taxes represent the largest source of county revenue — estimated at $218.6 million for 2018. Sales tax revenue is anticipated to total $51.7 million.

The county’s expected expenditures for operations and one-time costs in 2018 are $494.4 million.

Just over half of the county’s costs are from salaries and benefits, at an estimated $254.6 million.

Nearly $50 million is expected to be spent on capital projects. Some of these include $20.5 million on roadways and bridge projects, $5.4 million for the library, $4.1 million for Open Space, $3.4 million for the airport and $2.7 million for the Sheriff’s Department.

The annual budget represents a spend plan, or guide, to meet the goals and objectives of the county commissioners, which, in turn are to meet the needs and challenges of the people residing in the county, Conway said.

“If the public is interested in knowing what the county is focusing on and what its priorities are, the budget is a good place to go,” O’Neil added.


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