MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Board of Commissioners clerk Rochelle Shackle confirmed Friday that the commissioners approved the 2010 budget late Thursday evening. The grand total of both general fund and non-general fund budgets is $67,129,172.07.
The non-general fund, which is the destination of most levies and assessments, will be operating on a total budget of $54,286,952.13 this year. The single largest amount from the non-general fund goes to the Board of Developmental Disabilites, which receives $7,729,241 to fund its main operations, with another $2,029,416 going to DD Waivers and another $264,651 for DD Supported Living.
Various categories of public assistance account for $6,346,700. Engineering projects follow, with $6,131,391. For the county’s self insurance and dental funds, $5,200,550 is set aside. The fifth largest area of the non-general fund budget is motor vehicle fuel for all the county’s operations, which is projected to cost $4,921,500 in 2010.
The general fund, which has struggled during the recession due to a sharp drop-off of investment income, funds numerous county departments. It will be operating in 2010 on a total budget of $12,842,219.94
The largest portion of the fund falls under the domain of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which receives a total of $4,027,589. Of that, the jail division receives $2,099,391, while the office division receives $1,928,198 for this year.
Second highest is the budget for insurance, contingencies and transfers, which is set at $1,389,000. Third on the list is buildings and grounds, which was set at $1,259,800 for this year. Fourth largest is the Board of Commissioners themselves, who will receive $843,163. Juvenile Court comes fifth, with an annual budget of $594,350.
The general fund recipients worked closely with the commissioners to close the gap caused by shrinking investment income, which has yet to recover to pre-recession rates. Budget cutbacks were made on the 2009 general fund budget in July, with further cuts coming in the preparation of this year’s budget over the last few months.