Budget projections reason for cautious optimism
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners recently passed the budget for 2015. Projections for next year include a 5.8% rise in property tax revenue for a total increase of approximately $2.4 million over the preceding year’s revenue. This is big news because it will be the first time that property tax revenue has increased since 2008.
For county services to continue at the 2014 level, an additional $2.75 million has been allocated to the general fund from the county’s uncommitted fund balance. This is considered a prudent move because of the county’s healthy financial reserves, which are well over the recommended minimum. (In fact, Ingham County recently received word that Standard & Poor’s has rated it AAA+. This is the highest possible credit rating, indicating that that Ingham County has “extremely strong capacity to meet its financial obligations.”)
Also as part of the budget process, commissioners voted to approve $300,000 for increased staffing in the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office (both corrections and road patrol), Animal Control, and Veterans Affairs.
So things are looking up for Ingham County. We are in good shape financially, and we are slowly and strategically increasing our staffing – and service – levels.
Local veterans, volunteers make history
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in the Veterans History Project and taking part in an early Veterans Day tribute. The Michigan Association of Court Reporters, the Ingham County Circuit Court, and the Ingham Court Department of Veterans Affairs organized this event which put a veteran together with a volunteer interviewer and a court reporter. The resulting interview transcripts are sent to the American Folklife Center, part of the Library of Congress, where they will be preserved for future generations.
I interviewed a Navy veteran who served as a hospital corpsman aboard an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. It was an experience that I won’t soon forget. Even those veterans who don’t fight in combat experience psychological and physical trauma that most civilians can’t begin to imagine. That’s why it is important to me that I do as much as I can as a part of county government to ensure that our veterans – young and old – receive the benefits and services that they need.
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Elect Kara Hope
1891 Maple Street
Holt MI 48842
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