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Jefferson County reviews spending

March 22, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A new 2013 budget, up just slightly from this year, is expected to be adopted Tuesday by the Jefferson County Commission following a sparsely attended public hearing Thursday night.

The difference between this year’s budget and next year’s is about $2.7 million, said Paul Shroyer, the county’s chief financial officer.

The fiscal 2012 budget is $22.9 million compared to $25.6 million that goes in effect on July 1.

In April, once the state approves the new appropriation, the commission will set a new levy rate of $13.09 per $100 of assessed property value, up from $12.04 per $100 in the current year.

The owner of a home assessed at $60,000 will pay less than $20 a year more in property taxes, Shroyer said.

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Big ticket items on the income side of the new budget are $11.4 million in real estate taxes, $2 million in state reimbursed jail fees and $6.2 million in miscellaneous revenue, which includes $1.8 million from table games and $4 million from video lottery.

Total government expenses, mostly salaries and benefits for employees in all county agencies except law enforcement, tops out at $12 million. The law enforcement budget is $3.1 million. It costs the county $1.2 million a year to keep people in jail. The county’s total public safety budget is $9.4 million.

The culture and recreation budget is $1 million, including $488,000 for parks and recreation, $25,000 each for arts and humanities and the historical commission and $60,000 each for the county’s four libraries.

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