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Sangamon County Board Approves Balanced Budget
Sangamon County Board Approves Balanced Budget

The 2014 Sangamon County budget has been set and approved by the board.

On Tuesday night, the county board approved a $The 99.6 million total,  is a $2.2 million increase over the prior budget. But officials say it is balanced and has yielded many areas that have made them happy.

“This is kind of in line with what we have been seeing the last couple of years, in ’08 and ’09, when the bottom fell out,” said County Administrator Brian McFadden of the overall FY14 revenue, “We did some major cuts since then. We’ve been averaging something around 2.5, between 2.5 and three percent growth.”

Headcount was a main focus of McFadden’s presentation. The overall employee headcount is down to 701. In the 2008 Fiscal Year, it was at 802. For this budget, ten positions were eliminated. That was done so without any layoffs. Board Chairman Andy Van Meter said this was done due to attrition.

“We’re really happy with what we’ve been able to do. We’ve continued to reduce headcount and continued to supply services to the citizens of Sangamon County, as they expect.”

A second area where money has been saved was in a fleet maintenance consolidation study. It was originally thought that the consolidation would save around $70,000. Instead, the savings was over double that at $148,690.