The tentative budget for McLean County Government next year will be 2% more than this year's spending plan. County Administrator Bill Wasson has submitted the nearly $80.6 million spending plan to board committees for review.
"There are a lot of positive signs in the economy now in McLean County. But, clearly we need to be conservative. We don't have the ability to grow substantial new programs."
There are no new large capital expenditures planned. The County is cutting the Recorder's salary as that office is combined with the County Clerk. The plan assumes a 1.5% pay increase plus a small merit salary program. That is below the rate of inflation. Wasson projects property tax revenues will be nearly flat.
"There is an increase in equalized assessed valuation. But, because of some additional exemptions that were passed through the legislature for property tax exemptions, it slightly decreased our EAV after those property tax exemptions."
The exemptions are for senior citizens. Wasson says the county property tax bill to homeowners will be within a few dollars of last year and below the total for 2011.
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