Stark County commissioners approved the 2013 budget Wednesday that distributes $55 million to the 20-plus offices and agencies that rely on the county’s taxpayer-supported general fund and the sales tax-supported criminal justice fund. The Stark County Sheriff’s Office represents nearly a third of the allocation.
Stark County commissioners finalized their plans Wednesday on how to distribute the $62 million the county expects to receive this year for its core operations.
Of the $62 million available for commissioners to distribute, the board plans to allocate $55 million toward operational expenses for the 20-plus offices and agencies that rely on the county’s taxpayer-supported general fund and the sales tax-supported criminal justice fund.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office represents nearly a third of the allocation. Included in the sheriff’s $17.9 million budget is $1.6 million for 45 new employees, including the 24 corrections officers and eight sheriff deputies needed to fully reopen the county jail.
The spending plan approved Wednesday contains only one change compared to the budget plan commissioners presented last week to elected officials and county employees.
The board agreed to give the Stark County Veterans Service Commission an additional $125,204 to cover $77,000 for retirement payouts that wasn’t included in the original recommendation and $48,204 to cover a portion of the veterans commission’s transportation contract with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. The added funds will come from the money that commissioners set aside to address future technology and infrastructure needs and will not affect any other county department.