Madison County will operate with about $3-million less in Fiscal Year 2012 than it did in FY 2011, with the passage of a new budget this week by the County Board. It was a bi-partisan effort, according to Chairman Alan Dunstan, that resulted in the 2.2% reduction from last year's $131.2-million budget.
This year, that figure comes in at about $128.4-million. Much of the savings can be attributed to a reduction in the county's payroll, which has shrunk by 200 positions since Dunstan first came to the office.
Dunstan also says the tax levy ordinance that was approved shows a 1.3 percent increase , which is the lowest in his memory. As a result, he says county residents will see a decrease in the county's portion of their tax bill.