On Tuesday, June 21, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Teton County’s spending plan for Fiscal Year 2017, which covers the period from July 1, 2016, until June 30, 2017. The FY 2017 budget keeps the overall mill levy unchanged at 9.154, meaning that changes in county property tax revenue are attributed to changes in property values, in accordance with Wyoming Statutes. Teton County is one of the only counties in the state that does not assess the full 12 mills allowed by state statute. County revenues are generated from a number of sources, including property taxes, sales taxes, fees, contributions, intergovernmental fund reversions. The approved general fund budget is $40,061,713, which represents a 2.8% increase over the adopted FY 2015-2016 budget. The general fund includes all general county operations such as public health and safety agencies, general county administrative services, elected offices and contracts with local human service and community development organizations. The operational budget increased by only $870,374; capital projects expenditures increased by $708,658; general projects and contingency decreased by $564,190; and the operational reserve fund was increased by $93,427. Special revenue funds – funds collected for a particular purpose such as specific purpose tax projects, joint-funded departments such as Fire/EMS, Parks and Recreation, and enterprise funds such as Solid Waste and Recycling – total $55,152,414. In approving the budget, commissioners applauded the hard work of the staff and elected county officials involved in the process. “I also appreciate the great discussions we had as a board,” Commission Vice-Chair Mark Newcomb said, noting the depth of goals and experience brought to the table by those involved in the process. “It’s a great budget that’s balanced and did a really good job of expressing strategic goals and the structure of county government….” The new spending plan budget maintains the same net number of county staff positions as the current fiscal year, while placing emphasis on the county’s strategic priorities for the year. Examples of 2016-17 projects funded in the budget are: Design work to remodel Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 1, including employee housing; and design and construction of a new Parks and Recreation maintenance building, which is also slated to include employee housing. The official budget hearing was on Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. There was no public comment at the hearing; however, the official hearing came after numerous public workshops in April and May, during which commissioners held detailed discussions with staff and members of the public regarding specific departmental budget proposals. The budget stems from a collaborative process that begins in late winter between the Clerk, Treasurer and County Commissioners’ Administrator, and it is the county’s most comprehensive representation of policy decisions and goals. The Teton County Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget is available for review at: http://www.tetonwyo.org/cc/docs/StaffReports/2016-BCC/0621-01-BudgetResolutionSR.pdf Prior year budgets can be found at: http://www.tetonwyo.org/bcc/topics/budgets-and-financial-statements/251219/ For more information about Teton County and its services visit www.tetonwyo.org.
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