For the first time, Union County General Fund revenue topped $25 million in 2019.
According to information from the Union County Auditor’s Office, in 2019, Union County had revenue of $25.255 million. That figure is an increase from 2018 when the county saw $23.94 in general fund revenue, a record at the time.
For 2019, property tax revenue topped $6 million for the first time and sales tax topped the $11 million mark for the first time.
While all major revenue sources grew, sales tax and conveyance revenue each jumped more than $250,000, but it was other revenue that jumped $1.08 million over 2018.
“The other is just everything other than the things listed (property tax, sales tax, conveyance, local government funds, casino revenue and interest),” said Amy Wesley with the auditor’s office.
County Auditor Andrea Weaver had set the 2019 revenue estimate at $24.19 million.
She has set the estimated revenue for 2020 at $26.84 million.
According to the Union County Commissioners Office, 2019 general fund expenses, without transfers, neared $21.63 million.
“I think the office holders are doing a very good job holding the line on expenses,” said Letitia Rayl, assistant county administrator and county budget officer. “They are doing a good job being fiscally conservative when necessary.”
The county moved into 2020 with $18.72 million in carryover, though $1.1 million of that is already encumbered. Nearly $6 million of the carryover is in the county’s general fund, with another $6.24 million in the capital improvement fund.
Moving into 2019, Union County had carryover funds of $20.17 million, more than $10 million of that in the capital improvement fund.
Rayl said almost $390,000 of the capital improvement fund was used to service debt for the new prosecutor’s office as well as improvements to the Justice Center entrance way. Rayl said the fund was also used to make a variety of improvements at several of the county buildings, including the Mill Center building on Plum Street in Marysville. She said that building required “significant improvements” due to the hospital project.
“Those things add up very quickly,” Rayl said.
Officials have said they want to be able to make improvements when they have the money because there may come a day when they do not have the excess funds.
Rayl added, “it is important to us to keep our historic buildings, like the courthouse, in good repair and in good working condition.”
She did say the county scaled back some capital projects, “because we don’t want debt to determine our operations.”
She said the county has been able to add employees in several departments and offices.
“Because we have been conservative on these larger projects, we have tried and been able to assist office holders when they come to us with personnel needs,” Rayl said.
She said that as county offices grow, so does the need for space. Rayl said the county is planning a feasibility study to address, “the overall space need for the county.”
“We want to determine what is the most responsible way to grow, facilities wise,” Rayl said.
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