“You can definitely tell when that change occurred,” she said.
Clark County collected about $3 million in Medicaid Health Insuring Corp. sales taxes annually, according to state data — making up more than 12 percent of its $23.5 million sales tax revenue. Earlier this year about $425,000 was cut from the county’s $43 million general fund budget due to the projected loss of the sales tax.
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The county is projected to spend about $40.8 million next year, up slightly from this year ($40.7 million).
The county saw its debt increase by about $500,000, Hutchinson said. The proposed budget also doesn’t include raises, except for employees in bargaining units who agreed to raises, she said.
Commissioners asked each department to cut its budget by 3 percent, which could have saved the county about $1.2 million, Hutchinson said. However, the total amount of requests totaled a 0.3 percent increase from last year.
The county will use about $267,000 in carryover funds and about $2.5 million in transitional dollars provided by the state government to balance its budget this year.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office proposed budget is about $15.2 million, the largest item in the county’s general fund.
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Several supplemental requests were made that could be approved later, including four new patrol officers and four new detectives at the sheriff’s office, for a total of about $468,000.
Another supplemental request included a 2 percent cost of living increase for all non-union county employees at a total cost of about $243,000.
The county will approve a temporary budget later this month and approve its final budget in mid-January, Hutchinson said.
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