Mason County’s preliminary budget for 2017 has been released. Leo Kim, Chief Finance Manager in the Mason County Auditor’s Office, presented the budget requests for next year to the Mason County Commissioners during Tuesday’s business meeting.
The General Fund requests from Department Heads and Elected Official total just over $38 Million ($38,021,874) while Special Fund requests are over $61.3 Million ($61,303,695).
The General Fund budget encompasses all departments including the Sheriff, the courts, the Prosecutor, and Community Development. Special funds cover the County’s water and sewer utilities, Equipment Rental & Revolving (ER&R), and lake management districts to name a few.
Public safety accounts for 48% of the General Fund budget. This includes $14.8 Million in requests from the Sheriff’s Office, over $1.5 Million in requests from the Prosecutor’s Office, nearly $1.3 Million in requests for public defense, over $1 Million in requests from District Court, and around $1 Million in requests from Superior Court.
Most of the costs (71%) are for salaries and benefits.
The Commissioners will now hold budget workshops beginning September 19th and have until the end of this year to finalize and adopt a budget for 2017.
You can view the 2017 Preliminary Budget on the County’s website or click here for a direct link to the budget summary.