Ada County commissioners will consider a new budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Tuesday evening. Ada County Clerk Christopher Rich is expected to unveil a spending plan of $192.5 million, an increase of 11 percent over the current budget of $174 million. Using the previous year's budget savings, county commissioners are expected to propose no increase in taxes in the General Expense Fund.
The largest slice of the budget "pie" (43 percent) is earmarked for public safety, including $52.6 million for the Ada County Sheriff's Office and $12.5 million for Emergency Medical Services. The new budget includes $6 million for an 88 bed jail expansion and an additional $2.5 million to fund positions associated with the jail expansion.
The proposed spending plan also includes $1.7 million to provide a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for county employees whose salaries have been frozen for the past three years.
The public will be able to weigh in on the budget when the hearing gets under way at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in the public hearing room of the Ada County Courthouse.
You can read the tentative budget here.