By Patricia Ann Speelman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Board of Commissions on Tuesday approved budgets for 2016 totalling almost $61 million, a 4.6 percent decrease from last year’s budget.

The commissioners appropriated funds for departments whose budgets come from the general fund. In addition, they appropriated amounts of other funds for departments that don’t fall under the general fund appropriations. The monies are appropriated based on projected budgets submitted by department heads annually.

Shelby County Commissioner Tony Bornhorst said the general fund expenditures budgeted for this year are just slightly above those that were budgeted for 2001.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve continued to do tokeep expenses down,” he said. “And we don’t have to use permanent improvement funds to meet cash flow needs in the first two months of the year (as has been done in the past to keep the county running). This budget is standing on its own.”

Revenue to support the general fund is budgeted to come from the .75 percent sales tax (about $4,550,000), property tax (about $2,500,000), state local government fund appropriations (about $550,000), casino revenue ($550,000), and another .5 percent sales tax, in addition to fines and fees.

“The sheriff in funds by housing prisoners for other entities,” Bornhorst said.

Revenue to support the other funds is a combination of earned income, grants and appropriatons from state and federal agencies.

The general fund expenditures budgeted for 2016 are $16,316,946.42. The appropriations for other funds for 2016 are $44,640,044.54. The total is $60,956,990.96. The highest amount, almost $10 million, is designated for the engineer’s auto and gas fund. The smallest amount, $200, is for the sheriff’s office’s Sex Offender Registration Network.

Other amounts were divided as follows:

General fund: Commissioners, $504,368; Building Department, $60,000; sales tax, $3,232,320; auditor, $229,245; treasurer, $156,306; prosecuting attorney, $503,259; Bureau of Inspection, $70,000; Regional Planning Commission, $25,382; Court of Appeals, $15,676.08; Common Pleas Court, $269,651.86; Jury Commission, $692.72; domestic relations referee, $130,977.95; adult probation, $97,083.91; Juvenile Court, $672,075; Juvenile Court Title IV-E, $26,855.93; Probate Court, $143,877.94.

Also, clerk of court, $302,573; coroner, $106,145; Municipal Court, $115,050; city solicitor, $25,000; Board of Elections, $297,849; Building and Grounds, $557,324; courthouse security, $36,367; Sheriff’s Office, $4,334,646; recorder, $159,040; emergency management, $60,000; public defender, $347,856; various grants, $334,700; medical mandated, $117,772.53.

Also, veterans relief donation fund, $2,860; soldier’s relief, $578,229.50; welfare grants, $122,000; sanitary engineer, $16,129; insurance, pensions and taxes, $2,121,195; miscellaneous, $416,239; unanticipated emergency, $128,000.

Other funds: Sheriff-Intelipay, $100,000; dog and kennel, $207,881.63; DUI enforcement, $12,000; Ohio Pet Fund grant, $11,000; DETAC-treasurer, $35,717.60; DETAC-prosecutor, $39,072,77; title administrator/clerk of courts, $255,476; computer fund-courts, $42,000; computerized legal research, $41,600; common pleas special projects, $85,000; recorder-supplement equipment, $55,700.

Also, roads and bridges, $127,951.90; adult day care, $170,594; Job and Family Services, $3,955,993; WIA grant fund, $219,336; Children’s Services, $974,949; child support enforcement, $883,734; Juvenile Court United Way impact, $55,000; real estate assessment, $753,500; soil conservation, $345,950; law library, $95,422.61; Regional Planning Commission, $74,651.01.

Also, permanent improvements, $968,000; capital improvements, $1,600,000; Nutrition Services of Shelby County, $243,563; probation services, $42,778.26; juvenile probation services, $900; Fair Haven capital endowment, $200,000; Fair Haven Shelby County Home, $7,125,996.14; McCartyville debt service, $35,343.90; sewer district, $1,169,010.06; Mill Creek debt service, $22,170.52; Kettlersville sewer project, $49,111.25.

Also, Newport sewer project, $19,684.12; MRDD capital improvements, $81,000; ditch maintenance, $539,549.89; Probate Court conduct/business, $2,550; probate special projects, $52,552.30; probate dispute resolution, $3,200; juvenile special projects, $25,000; VOCA/VAA grant, $205,000; victim’s assistance grant, $7,794.33; MRDD severance benefit fund, $22,125; MRDD board, $6,422,267; MRS day care, $236,690; Parks and Recreation, $20,158.43; CASA/GAL Association grant, $26,552.91; Juvenile Accountability grant, $2,630; Juvenile Accountability grant 2014, $12,000.

Also, OPOTA, sheriff, $8,665; Board of Developmental Disabilities match fund, $1,371,644; Ohio Department of Education grants, $32,700; care and custody, $160,058.11; DARE/DARE abuse resist, $83,003.52; Ohio Department of Education grants MRDD, $16,300; Cops in School grant, $47,294.44; SVAA grant federal, $103,749.71; CDBG block grant, $75,000; Home Revolving Loan, $86,000; 2015-2016 CAC grant, $38,125.22; 911 wireless, $54,000; trust funds, $14,014.71; emergency management, $179,635.04; hazard mitigation grant, $8,332; LEPC, $29,000; SHSP FY2015, $113,589; EMPG grant, $44,445; domestic violence, $12,000; Sheriff Rotary Fund, $187,150; Sheriff’s Concealed Handgun, $62,700; employee health, $4,248,000; indigent guardianship, $5,500.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824. Follow her on Twitter @PASpeelmanSDN.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824. Follow her on Twitter @PASpeelmanSDN.