Franklin County Panel Sends $ 7 Million Budget to Commissioners

FARMINGTON – The Franklin County Budget Advisory Committee voted on Wednesday to approve a $ 7 million budget for 2021-22.

Panel members clarified that of the $ 86,701 approved on June 9 for program grants, they are asking commissioners to take $ 58,001 owed to three nonprofits from the county’s undesignated fund. The total of $ 58,001 was raised over two fiscal years for Western Maine Community Action, Western Maine Transportation Services and SeniorsPlus.

The commissioners did not give the community action agency $ 18,000 in the 2018-2019 budget and $ 30,000 in the 2019-2020 budget. They also did not donate $ 10,000 raised in 2019-2020 to Western Maine Transportation Services and $ 1 raised as space reserved for SeniorsPlus in the same year to allow the agency to return the following year to request. a funding.

The committee is also asking the commissioners to inadvertently remove an additional $ 5,000 from the program grant budget on June 9 due to a mathematical error.

The combined $ 63,001 is not included in the budget.

Of the $ 7 million budget, $ 4.7 million is for the county government and $ 2.3 million for the jail. The total budget represents an increase of $ 215,987 over the current budget. Of this amount, the prison budget reflects an increase of $ 52,919.

The budget will be presented to the commissioners for consideration Thursday at 10 a.m. in the courtroom of the county building. To change the advisory committee’s budget, all three commissioners will have to vote in favor. If an amount is changed, it will be referred to the Budget Committee and it will take a vote of six of the nine members to override the change of Commissioners.

The budget committee also approved $ 716,000 in revenue, including $ 175,000 from the county’s un-designated fund to offset the county government budget. Anticipated incomes for the prison were not known on Wednesday, but using $ 187,592 in anticipated incomes, which has been the same for at least two years, the committee approved this to offset the prison budget.

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