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$92.4M budget OK'd for 2012
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County commissioners approved the government’s budget for 2102 during a meeting Thursday.

The $92.4 million general fund budget is a more than 4 percent increase from the 2011 budget of $88.1 million.

Board members voted 4-1 to approve the spending plan, with Commissioner Todd Levent opposed.

Levent said he felt the sheriff’s $37.5 million budget, a 35 percent increase from the current year, was too much.

The proposed budget includes 10 paid holidays for employees, which restores the four unpaid from 2011, as well as a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a continued 3 percent 401K match.

Chairman Brian Tam thanked the staff members for their contributions to the budget process, which began in March.

“We appreciate all your hard work on this in these trying times,” Tam said. “You were able to deliver a balanced budget without increasing the millage rate.”

The fire fund has nearly $2 million in reserves, and is operating on a $16.9 million budget, a decrease of about 2 percent from 2011.

The water and sewer fund, which is funded by county customers, will operate on a nearly $41 million budget, an increase of about 5.5 percent from the current year.