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UNION COUNTY — The use of funds generated by multi-county industrial park agreements, the early payment of a bond, and from the recycling program enabled Union County to balance its budget for fiscal 2014-2015 without a tax increase.


In a special meeting Friday afternoon, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve third and final reading of the 12,881,874 budget.


Supervisor Tommy Sinclair said the new budget is $124,562 more than the current budget which totals $12,757,412, an increase of less than one percent.


In presenting the budget for final reading, Sinclair pointed out that, as in years past, when the budget was initially proposed, requested expenditures were considerably higher than revenue. He said that council worked to balance the budget, cutting several hundred thousand dollar in proposed expenditures.


Even with the reductions, however, expenditures were still more than revenues, but despite this the new budget does include any tax increases.


Sinclair said that council balanced the budget by using funds from the early payment of the bond used to finance the construction of the DSS building; revenue generated by the multi-county industrial park agreements the county has with Spartanburg County; and revenue generated by the recycling program. He cautioned that while these funds were available this year to help balance the budget, this may not always be the case, a situation he said council will have to consider in developing future budgets.


The following county departments and offices are allocated the following amounts in the new budget:


• Supervisor and Council — $553,621


• Magistrate — $345,533


• Probate Judge — $152,580


• Circuit Court — $131,545


• Public Defender — $90,822


• Solicitor’s Office — $236,513


• Clerk of Court — $391,463


• Voter Registration/Election Commission — $89,216


• County Attorney — $33,394


• Building Inspector — $102,757


• Tax Assessor — $235,264


• Delinquent Tax Office — $79,461


• Treasurer’s Office — $167,553


• Auditor’s Office — $133,991


• Building Superintendent — $172,585


• Non-Departmental — $2,867,548


• Sheriff’s Office — $1,895,432


• Animal Control — $78,355


• Coroner — $99,804


• Jail Operations — $1,027,796


• Detention Center — $712,084


• E-911 & Communications — $146,747


• Emergency Services — $705,536


• County Maintenance — $426,745


• Equipment Shop — $296,824


• Health Department — $34,700


• Department of Social Services — $39,103


• Veteran’s Affairs — $77,070


• Victim Advocate — $61,064


• Recreation Department — $428,128


• Stadium — $101,141


• Recycling — $469,453


• Airport — $163,088


• Timken Sports Complex — $334,958

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