The Marshall County Council members worked to cut $444,420 from the budget when they met Monday morning.
The total budget to be advertised is just over $25 million for all funds. The General Fund totals $12,798,016. The assessor’s office will have a $12,000 reduction as the members thought the pay increase budgeted was over the three percent recommendation, and a full-time position in the prosecutor’s office was omitted as the request was not before the council. That money was transferred to a part-time line item.
Auditor Julie Fox anticipates that the maximum levy will be reached.
Fox also reminded the council that the Cumulative Capital Development Fund will be at its maximum level in 2018 in a decision made by the Department of Local Government Finance on Aug. 31.
The council did approve a three percent raise for all department heads, full-time and elected officials. An increase in part-time hourly pay was also unanimously approved. The $.25 raise will increase the range from $9.07 to $12.10.
The council agreed that the department heads worked hard to turn in responsible budgets. Councilwoman Penny Lukenbill commented that most were either the same or reduced.
The budget will be adopted at the council’s next meeting on Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.