ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County Commissioners held their budget hearing for Fiscal Year 2014 during Wednesday's meeting. Little change is expected for the next fiscal year.
While half of the departments requested additional funds this year than last year, half requested less, leaving the projected budget much the same. The clerk noted that most of the departments have been conscientious about keeping within their allotted amounts.
Appropriations will be made at the end of this year and the beginning of next year. The final budget will be submitted December 2013, following budget hearings with all of the departments. Commissioner Ginny Favede noted the importance of communication in determining each department's needs.
The total estimated request for 2014 comes to $19,896,519.41.
Favede added that the county was further frustrated by the declining interest rates. Interest for 2011 was $650,000, 2012 was $628,000 and the first six months of 2013 came to $525,000, with the second six months estimated at $200,000.
The commissioners added that this was among the developments offsetting the increase of sales tax.
Commissioner Matt Coffland thanked the clerk and the departments for efforts at remaining within budget and limiting their requests for funding.
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