WARNER ROBINS — The Houston County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a budget of nearly $50 million for the 2011 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night.
The approved $49.9 million budget shows an 8.8 percent reduction from the $54 million in the county’s budget for the 2010 fiscal year, said chairman Ned Sanders.
Under the approved budget, the millage rate is estimated to fall from 10.45 mills to 9.95 mills. The new rate is expected to bring in $36.9 million under a $3.71 billion tax digest.
Capital expenditures make up almost $890,000 of the budget in the 2011 fiscal year, down from $2.3 million previously.
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Merit pay, longevity pay, cost-of-living adjustments and staff reclassifications will be suspended in the budget approved Tuedsay, said Sanders. However, no staff layoffs or furloughs are expected at the present time.
“All of those things are taking place to hold down county expenses,” Sanders said. “Revenues are not what they used to be. That’s what it boils down to.”
The budget also leaves two previously approved detention officer positions vacant.
With about 10 to 12 out-of-county inmates, officials said it would be more cost effective to board them elsewhere.
However, that decision may be reconsidered if the number grows to at least 20 out-of-county inmates.
To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.