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For the week of September 3 - 9, 2003


County commission adopts $20.5 million budget for ’04

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 2, unanimously approved a $20.5 million budget for the county’s 2003-2004 fiscal year.

The budget represents a $787,880 reduction from last year’s final financial blueprint.

The difference lies, primarily, in money the county set aside last year for the new "courthouse annex" project, which is under construction across from the Old County Courthouse. This year’s budget includes roughly $2 million less than the previous year in a "building and grounds" line item, which includes courthouse annex expenses.

The remainder of the budget includes predictable "cost-of-living" increases in most departments, as well as new outlays totaling $153,764 for emergency 911 improvements and $50,000 in planning expenses for a new county jail.

The County Commission also unanimously adopted a $1.2 million budget for the Blaine County Ambulance District.



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