Commissioners approve 2018 tax budget

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners approved the county’s 2018 tax planning budget at their meeting Thursday, the first step in planning the next year’s budget.

General fund revenues for 2018 are estimated to be $26,255,788, while requested general fund expenditures are projected at $31,177,753 — 1 percent higher than 2017’s budget.

Total revenue in all funds is expected to be $83,963,432, with appropriations of $90,410,997.

“This tax budget will require us to review our financial condition with the county auditor to ensure a positive cash flow and take action when needed,” Commission President Jack Evans said.

Commissioner Greg Simmons said he was pleased to see that the level of spending requests is only 1 percent higher than last year at this time.

The commissioners noted that sales tax revenues and property tax collections continue to be stable, although revenue from other sources is being reduced — most notably, the loss of Medicare service tax collection, which is estimated to reduce the county’s revenues between $800,000 to $900,000.

This is the first in a two-part process, which is completed in December with the adoption of the 2018 appropriations. This fall, the commissioners will meet with all elected officials and department heads to discuss their final appropriation requests.

“I commend our county officials for making conservative requests for this 2018 tax budget,” Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said.

In other business, the commissioners also voted to reject all proposals for the court case management system as recommended by Court Administrator Andrew Wannemacher.

The proposals were publicly opened and acknowledged last September, but Wannemacher said the courts would like to have the opportunity to evaluate a new system that has not yet gone live, but is expected to later this summer.

The courts will reissue the request for proposals at a later date, he said.

By Cecilia Fox

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