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Budget process starts for Jefferson County

February 01, 2001

Budget process starts for Jefferson County



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - With an estimated $1.4 million in video lottery money expected to trickle into the county's coffers this year, the Jefferson County Commissioners are about to start developing their 2001-2002 budget.

In about two weeks, the commissioners are expected to start formulating the budget, which was about $8 million last year.

The amount of video lottery money the county received last year was also about $1.4 million, the commissioners said.

The injection of funding from video lottery has caused an increased number of agencies to come before the commissioners for financial help. Commission President James G. Knode estimated that each year between 10 and 20 agencies have come before the commissioners for funding.

The requests for this year have begun. Last Thursday, Jefferson County Community Ministries requested money from the commissioners to help them provide financial assistance to the increasing numbers of "working poor" families in the county.

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"People have caught on that January and February is a good time to talk to us," Knode said.

Revenue from video lottery at the Charles Town Races has funded an estimated $2.3 million in improvements in the county since the commissioners started getting about 2 percent of the revenues in 1998.

The money has been used to launch a paid ambulance service, upgrade the county's 911 service, buy new computer equipment, fund park and library improvements and pay for other projects.

The commissioner hope to have the budget completed by March 22, Knode said.

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