Jackson County Council members started reviewing general fund budget proposals that total $2 million more than what elected officials and officeholders received this year.
Councilman Brian Thompson said during Wednesday’s daylong budget meeting that the bottom line is the proposed $2 million in new general fund spending is well above the $300,000 or so additional new dollars the state will allow the county to spend in 2014.
That means the council must cut $2 million from requests that total $13.565 million. That amount is 20 percent higher than the $11.268 million the state approved this year.
The increase includes two items council members will not be able to do anything about — an increase of $70,000 in funding for regional mental health costs and at least $200,000 more to cover increasing health care costs for the county’s 202 employees.
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