Madison County finances appear to be in good shape as the fiscal year flips to 2015. Officials say the county's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year marks the first time the budget has cracked pre-recession levels. The general fund is up nearly 3-percent from last year with a projected total of just under $45,430,350.  The budget, as a whole, is about .3 percent, or just over $362,000 higher than last year's and totals $130,780,597.

The budget also includes $1.5-million that has been earmarked to help fund upgrades to the Madison County Jail but that funding will be transferred to the appropriate fund after officials determine the project's scope and tabulate an estimated cost for the work.

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