COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission will hold public hearings on the proposed 2012 budget at every commission meeting until its final passage.
The proposed budget predicts a deficit of approximately $9.8 million. Total expenses for the year are estimated at $55.8 million, while revenue is projected at $45.9 million.
The budget includes increased spending on road maintenance, government salaries and law enforcement equipment, County Auditor June Pitchford said at the Nov. 15 commission meeting. Election expenses also are expected to be higher than usual, given the November 2012 general election.
A decrease in sales tax has led to a significant reduction in revenue in the past few years, Pitchford said. Although sales tax revenue has rebounded in the past year, the county continues to be hurt by the popularity of Internet sales, which are not subject to local sales taxes.
The commission meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each meeting includes a public hearing on the proposed budget, which allows members of the public to comment on it.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday in its chambers at the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St. Its regular meetings are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in its chambers.