No increase in county taxes

By J. Lynn West
The Union County Board of Supervisors approved the 2013-14 budget this past Thursday with no tax increase, although the budget is up 1.41 percent.
County Administrator Terry Johnson said most parts of the budget show little change from the past year.
One exception is income from licensing, commissions and other sources, which is up more than 31 percent. That increase is due to the county’s receiving $300,000 pledged by the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company. It also appears as a new expense category.
Revenue from federal sources is up 322 percent, thanks to a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant being used to improve the former J. E. Love building to house a new Abby Farm Supply plant. This same money being transferred through county accounts also shows as a 196-percent increase in expense for economic development.
The item for other financing sources is up nearly 64 percent, both in revenue and expense, and Johnson said this reflects a special one-mill levy imposed by the state that has to be held for a time.
Below is a table showing the main sources of revenue and main categories for expenditures, along with the percentage change from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 budgets, as well as what percentage of total revenue or expenditure each category represents. Below that is the breakdown of tax millage rates county residents pay.

County Budget
2012-2013 2013-2014 Prcnt. Change Prcnt. Total Rev.
Revenue
Taxes & Ad Valorem $6,642,862 $6,780,778 2.08% 52.19%
Licenses, Comms. & Other $1,537,900 $2,016,900 31.15% 15.52%
Fines and Forfeitures $228,500 $229,500 0.44% 1.77%
Federal Sources $108,000 $455,800 322.04% 3.51%
State Sources $1,891,165 $2,079,665 9.97% 16.01%
Local Sources $6,421 $6,421 0.00% 0.05%
Charges for Services $1,235,000 $1,320,000 6.88% 10.16%
Use of Money and Prop. $67,178 $38,768 -42.29% 0.30%
Misc. Revenue $60,991 $63,492 4.10% 0.49%

Total Revenue $11,778,017 $12,991,324 10.30% 100.00%

Other Financing Sources $185,000 $303,102 63.84% 1.01%
Beginning Cash Balance $17,662,543 $16,747,955 -5.18% 55.75%

Grand Total $29,625,560 $30,042,381 1.41% 100.00%

Expenditures
General Government $2,184,632 $2,295,394 5.07% 16.10%
Courts $1,419,486 $1,336,587 -5.84% 9.37%
Public Safety $3,213,307 $3,324,894 3.47% 23.32%
Public Works $4,925,062 $4,869,807 -1.12% 34.16%
Health & Welfare $275,273 $274,888 -0.14% 1.93%
Culture & Recreation $229,795 $232,816 1.31% 1.63%
Education $304,000 Infinite 2.13%
Cons. Of Natural Resources $135,744 $136,559 0.60% 0.96%
Economic Development $205,735 $609,735 196.37% 4.28%
Debt Service $871,571 $872,572 0.11% 6.12%

Total Expenditures $13,460,605 $14,257,242 5.92% 100.00%

Other Financing Uses $185,000 $303,102 63.84% 1.01%
Ending Cash Reserves $15,979,955 $15,482,037 -3.12% 51.53%

Total $29,625,560 $30,042,381 1.41% 100.00%

Tax Levy Mills Prcnt. of Tot.
Library 1.00 0.92%
State Special 1.00 0.92%
Countywide Bridge, Culvert 8.11 7.43%
Countywide Road Maint. 10.43 9.56%
General County 31.81 29.16%
NEMCC 2.63 2.41%
NEMCC Enlarge, Improve 2.92 2.68%
New Haven Center 0.59 0.54%

Total County Levy 58.49 53.61%

Fire Protection outside city 0.93 0.85%

Un. Co. School Dist. Maint. 46.81 42.91%
School Transportation Note 2.87 2.63%

Grand Total Mills 109.10 100.00%