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2013 county budget process underway

The Harrison County government officials ‘ the Harrison County Council, Board of Commissioners and auditor’s office ‘ began the 2013 budget process last week.
The commissioners forwarded their budget request to the council at their regular meeting, Tuesday afternoon, July 3, with a recommendation of a 5-percent raise for county employees.
The council and commissioners had a joint meeting Monday afternoon to hear budget requests from entities that receive money from the county on an annual basis but are not under the county’s umbrella or actually county offices such as The Next Step, Comfort House, Lifelong Learning, Leadership Harrison County, Furthering Youth Inc. at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County, 4-H Council, Blue River Services Inc., Harrison County Alternative School, Harrison County Agriculture Association, Chaplain’s Association, Harrison County Regional Sewer District, Harrison County Soil & Water and the Harrison County Spay and Neuter Program.
The majority of the agencies asked for the same amount of funding as last year, with the exception of the 4-H Council, which increased slightly from around $44,000 to $47,250.
The council will begin budget hearings from county offices with meetings Aug. 14, 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon. Department heads and officeholders will discuss their 2013 budget and any potential new positions they need.
After the hearings are complete, the council will begin workshops going line-by-line through the entire budget.
This year’s county budget (compiled last summer), which includes the county general, riverboat, CEDIT, rainy day and other separate department budgets, totaled $36.5 million.