Adair County Commission working to piece together 2018 budget
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
As 2017 comes to a close, one local county is continuing to piece together a budget for the new year.
Adair County Commissioners and other elected officials have been working on 2018's budget since the beginning of December.
Commissioner Mark Thompson says they meet individually with departments like the sheriff's office, assessor and prosecuting attorney.
During those meetings, needs and wants for the coming year are discussed.
Right now, Thompson says the budget is a "work in progress," and does not yet have a total amount.
He adds that thanks to many new businesses that set up shop in the county in the past year, revenue generated from taxes will be higher.
"The big changes in all the new businesses in town, so property taxes [and] that kind of stuff should increase to help us provide more services to you, more gravel on your roads. I think a lot of people will love that. So, I see lots of positives in the future."
Thompson adds that in the coming weeks, a budget hearing will be held before funding for 2018 is officially approved.
He says that residents interested in where and how their tax dollars are being spent in the county are encouraged to contact the county commission.