Commissioners get overview of 2021 funds

BATAVIA, OH — Mary Rains, director of the Clermont County Office of Budget and Management, gave an overview of 114 funds under budgetary control of The Board of County Commissioners in their Dec. 8 meeting. These range from funds for Job and Family Services, Developmental Disabilities and Senior Services, to Environmental and Water Resources, to Transportation and Criminal Justice.

The grand total of 2021 proposed appropriations comes in at $208 million, an increase of about $2 million from 2020. The increase is covered by sources such as grants and state and federal funding. The funds will pay for everything from road and bridge projects to services for children and seniors.

On Dec. 2, Rains walked the Commissioners through the General Fund budget, the county’s largest discretionary fund. Taxes from sales on the internet will help offset losses related to the pandemic such as a decline in revenues from casinos. Still, the county will need to allocate $700,000 in reserves to balance the $66.8-million General Fund budget.

Commissioners are expected to vote on approval of the budget next week. By law, appropriated expenditures for each fund cannot exceed projected available resources.