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Forsyth County budget for 2016 approved

FORSYTH COUNTY — Tentatively set months ago, Forsyth County government’s budget for 2016 has been officially approved.

During a meeting Thursday night, the county commission voted 3-1, with Commissioner Todd Levent against and Commissioner Jim Boff absent, to approve the nearly $266.5 million total spending plan.

“This is the final step in adopting the budget,” said Dave Gruen, the county’s chief financial officer. “The fund totals have not changed from what the board saw during the public hearing … this is looking to adopt a budget for 2016 that will be a general fund budget of just over $108.9 million.”

The general fund is up about $5 million from last year’s level of $103.4 million.

The budget also includes about $26.1 million in total internal service funds, about $38.9 million in total special revenue funds, about $67.7 million in the total enterprise fund and about $14.9 million of debt service. About $10.5 million was available in the beginning fund balance.

“The total county budget for all of those funds added together is $266,508,265,” Gruen said.

The budget was hashed out with various county departments earlier this year. The commission held a public hearing on the plan earlier this month.