Hancock County’s $26 million general fund budget for 2018, which the county commissioners are likely to approve on Dec. 21, includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
The pay increase is similar to what unionized employees at the sheriff’s office received earlier this year.
The various county departments’ budget requests were trimmed by more than $812,570 so the total would fall within the amount authorized by the county budget commission in October, according to information provided by Commissioner Brian Robertson.
The county will carry over $2.9 million into the new year, funds necessary to cover expenses during the first two months of the new year until real estate tax revenue is available.
Robertson and Commissioner Tim Bechtol said while they regret not being able to fill all the department budget requests, the county “has to live within its means.”
The general fund budget is available for public inspection in the county auditor’s office at the courthouse. A copy will be available in the county commissioners’ office Tuesday, Robertson said during the board’s regular meeting Thursday.
Courier reporter Jim Maurer will have more on Friday.