Wednesday, June 18 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
Hamilton County Commission Passes $672.5M Budget
In a unanimous vote, the Hamilton County Commission passed the $672.5 million budget put forth by Mayor Jim Coppinger, according to spokesperson Mike Dunne.
“This budget is a reflection of my fiscally conservative beliefs," said Mayor Coppinger. "We have held the line on taxes for the fourth year in a row. Homeowners will not have to worry about an increase in their property taxes, business owners know they can go ahead and budget for the next fiscal year know their tax rate remains the same as it has been since I took office in 2011.”
About 60 percent of the budget, $399 million, is dedicated to education. Mayor Coppinger said this money includes a $5.5 million funding increase for schools.
“Hamilton County’s success is based on the success of our businesses; they are the backbone of our economic diversity and prosperity," the mayor said. "We need well educated, skilled students who are prepared to embrace the 21st century, family wage jobs that we are working every day to create."
The budget includes $1.9 million in additional funding for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. The budget also calls for an additional $800,000 in capital spending in public safety and provides funding for eight new jailers.