2017 general fund budget drafted


The Highland County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday presented its draft of the 2017 general fund budget, the blueprint for how $9.81 million will be spread among all the county’s general fund offices.

Those offices include county administrative offices, the sheriff’s office, and offices associated with the courts. The draft is to be reviewed by all the office holders so they can make any adjustments to their line items to fit within what has been budgeted for their office.

Commissioners anticipate taking action on the general fund budget next week.

Last week Highland County Auditor Bill Fawley presented the board with the projected number of $9.81 million in revenue for 2017 and its breakdown of: property taxes, $1.8 million; permissive sales tax, $5.75 million; casino revenue, $425,000; local government, $375,000; fees, $960,000; and other receipts, $500,000.

Commission board president Shane Wilkin noted at that meeting that the estimated budget amount was about $190,000 less that the 2016 budget. According to Fawley, that is due to a decrease in permissive sales taxes from medical equipment paid for by Medicaid that as of July 1, 2017 can no longer be collected.

Fawley said that unless the state government does something about that, the 2018 budget “will take a major hit.”

In other business, Heidi Devine with Highland County Recycling & Litter Prevention updated the board on the expansion of recycling bins in the county.

According to a handout provided, the current location of recycling bins are: Hillsboro – Board of Education office, 39 Willettsville Pk.; Sunoco, 489 E. Main St.; Hi-Tech Center, 1575 N. High St.; and CM Recycling, 131 Catherine St.; Greenfield – Sunoco, 950 N. Washington St.; Leesburg, Premier Grain, 116 S. Fairfield St.; Lynchburg – Terry’s Grocery/Marathon station, 1505 U.S. Route 50; Marshall – Mini Mart/Marathon station, 11070 SR 506; Mowrystown – Old Feed Mill, 106 W. Main St.; and New Market – Ameristop Food Mart/gas station, 5828 W. New Market Rd.

Items that can be recycled are: plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel cans and lids, paper and envelopes, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, cartons and cardboard.

For more information contact Devine by calling 937-509-2899 or email her at [email protected]. For general information about recycling go to www.rphfsolidwastedistrict.com or www.rumpke.com/recycling.

The Highland County Board of Commissioners meets each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the county administration building, 119 Governor Foraker Pl., Hillsboro. The meetings are open to the public.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

New recycling bins added throughout county

By Angela Shepherd

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