Monroe County Council Releases Preliminary 2012 Budget

The Monroe County Council has a preliminary budget number for 2012, but still has a way to go before a final number is agreed upon and voted on.

Monroe County Justice Building

Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU

The County Council met last night in the justice building to prepare Monroe County's 2012 budget.

After four nights of hearing from every county department, the council has been able to reduce the county wide budget to around $29.5 million, roughly on par with last year’s budget.

Councilman Sam Allison said the county will have to see how much money it receives in property taxes from the state, and how much money the county will carry over from this fiscal year.

“We’ve distributed a certain amount to the departments of Monroe County government,” Allison said. “And historically they’ve spent 96 to 97 percent of that.”

According to Allison, that variable figure of unspent cash could mean more than $1 million in additional revenue for the county.  The council is set to vote on the 2012 budget next Tuesday.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • Sam4Council

    From Sam Allison (Sam4Council@gmail:disqus .com):

    Thank you for your detailed coverage of these budget sessions and the complexities that they often present.   Not to mention the uncertainties.

    One clarification:   As of our most recent budget session, we were waiting on a final determination from the State of Indiana on our income tax revenues, as opposed to our property tax revenues.  (I have a tendency to mumble and/or jumble my words into an interviewer’s microphone, so I may not have stated this as clearly as I should have.)

    The info. from the State of Indiana will be, more specifically, about the COIT (County Option Income Tax).  This revenue stream comprises around a third of the Monroe County budget.  Thus, the acute interest in it.

    As always, anyone can contact me at Sam4Council@gmail:twitter .com with questions or comments (or both).

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