County’s 2022 budget gets first reading
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
After numerous late-night council meetings to fine tune the 2022 county budget, it seems things are getting close to completion. Harrison County Council chairman Donnie Hussung took time at the meeting last Tuesday (moved from Monday because of Columbus Day) to do the first reading of the 2022 budget to the public.
Line items of Harrison County taxing units he read include:
• The county’s riverboat funds line at $12,826,736; the county general line at $12,970,371; the levy line at $4,453,911; and the adopted tax rate at 25.57 cents.
• For reassessment, the budget is $368,440; the levy line at $301,890; and the tax rate at 1.73 cents per $100 of assessed value.
• The highway department will see its motor vehicle highway line budget as $3,570,605; local road and street as $732,500; and cumulative bridge has a budget of $353,952, a levy of $618,267 and the tax rate is 4.76 cents.
• The health department’s budget was read as $932,292, with a levy of $829,163 and a tax rate of 4.76 cents.
• The emergency medical service’s budget is $752,185, with a levy line of $638,934 and a tax rate of 3.67 cents.
• The parks and recreation department’s budget is $1,358,504, its levy is $653,407 and has a tax rate of 3.75 cents.
• The cumulative capital development levy is set at $290,894, with a rate of 1.67 cents.
Other units in the county that have their own taxing rate but still have the council approve their budgets include the various fire districts. Of those districts, Hussung read the following:
• Boone Township Fire District’s special fire general line is $84,000 and the cumulative fire is $40,000.
• Harrison Township Fire District’s special fire general fund is $699,216 and the cumulative fire is $235,522.
• Heth-Washington Fire District’s special fire general fund is $52,271 and the cumulative fire line is $25,721.
• Palmyra Fire District’s special fire general line is $112,340 and the cumulative fire is $23,702.
• Posey Taylor Fire District’s special fire general fund is $326,379 and the cumulative fire line is $95,733.
• Webster Township Fire District’s special fire general fund is $98,500 and the cumulative fire is $22,568.
The second reading of the budget is to follow during the council’s meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the government center in Corydon, after which the council will vote to finalize the funds by the end of the month for the various groups to be able to spend within the 2022 calendar year.