Commissioners approve $71.2 million total General Fund budget for 2020

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 16, 2019) – Clermont County Commissioners approved a 2020 General Fund operating budget of $61.5 million at their Dec. 11 session.  The non-operating budget of $9.7 million includes one-time expenses for capital and economic development projects within the General Fund.

The General Fund is the largest discretionary source of funds in the county, and finances 20 of 21 elected offices in Clermont County. (The Engineer’s Office is funded through state gasoline taxes and driver license fees.) Clermont County Commissioners also appropriated $199.2 million in 2020 for the other 114 special purpose funds under their budgetary control.

As required by law, 2020’s budget is balanced, with expenses not exceeding projected revenues plus unobligated cash.

Sales tax revenue, which provides nearly 47 percent of General Fund revenue, is estimated to be $30 million in 2020. The next two largest streams of revenue include charges for services ($10 million) and property taxes ($9 million)  included within the General Fund.

In 2020, General Fund program areas will be funded as follows:

Criminal justice: $26.8 million
Judicial services: $14.7million
General government: $12.3 million
Public safety: $4.5 million
Health and human services: $3.3 million

Personnel costs account for the largest share of the total General Fund budget — $49.6 million, or 70% of the budget, with $21.6 million going to other expenses.

For questions, contact the Office of Management and Budget Director Mary Rains,, 513.732.7988.