Jackson County Passes 2012 Budget

December 7, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – During today’s last scheduled meeting of the year, the Jackson County Legislature officially adopted the county’s operating budget for 2012. The $308.7 million budget is $15 million less than 2011 and marks the fifth straight year that the county budget has been reduced.   

Highlights of the 2012 budget include: 

• Funds for improvements to both the historic Truman Courthouse and County Courthouse Annex in Independence.

• An upgrade to communications equipment for public safety personnel in the county, including Sheriff’s Deputies, Park Rangers, and Corrections Officers.

• No increase to the county property tax levy.     

Additionally, the county budget continues to have a well-funded contingency reserve.  

“This budget allows us to invest in major infrastructure projects that are vital for the future of Jackson County, while at the same time, shrinking the overall cost of county government,” said County Executive Mike Sanders. “Most importantly, these projects will be done without added expense to county taxpayers. Despite the difficult economic climate, our county’s long-term financial outlook remains strong.”


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