Grants, levies, special revenue funds JFS, other agencies
MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners approved Tuesday a nearly $58 million non-General Fund Operating Budget, which takes its revenue from levies, state and federal grants including block grants, the motor vehicle gasoline tax, bond retirement revenue and other special revenue in order to fund numerous programs.
More than 20 county agencies and programs receive most of or part of their revenue from the non-General Fund budget, said Jason Booth, county administrator, who prepared the budget before approval. Knox County Jobs & Family Services, at $12.51 million, and Knox Developmental Disabilities, at $8.91 million, are the two largest non-General Fund budgets, Booth added.
JFS alone has six separate departments that receive funding, with two large public assistance funds covering salaries and benefits for administration of public assistance ($3.64 million) and public assistance-social services salaries and benefits ($2.06 million) to the same related costs for JFS’ Child Support Enforcement Agency ($1.05 million).
Some agencies will receive more revenue in 2019 because of different factors that occurred to their benefit, Booth informed commissioners.
The county did not receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) revenue last year as it cycles into the county about every other year, Booth said. This year, it will result in $630,000 in additional revenue.
The county has also received $900,000 in grant money — nearly all funds required for its share of a $1.15 million Parrott Street bridge repair project, with $450,000 coming as a grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission, Booth said.
It will be used to fund bridge repairs in the portion of the bridge at Columbus Road that the county is responsible for. The city of Mount Vernon is also paying for part of the project.
In December, county commissioners approved a $17.51 million General Fund operating budget, with revenue coming mainly from sales tax and property tax.
General Fund operating revenue is used to pay for a host of county programs and agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office, county jail operations, the county court system and many others.