Supes OK $149M budget for next year

Supes OK $149M budget for next year


A $149 million county budget that that includes $20 million in federal COVID-19 CARES Act relief funds was approved by the Madison County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Another $20 million included in the budget is state funding. The county’s millage rate of 38.13 mills will remain unchanged.

Last year’s budget was $130 million with $10 million in federal COVID monies.

Madison County Administrator Greg Higginbotham during the meeting held Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Labor Day holiday told supervisors the budget was a result of compromise. 

“It seems to be what everyone, at least is OK with,” he said. “Not everybody is thrilled but nobody is miserable and that’s kind of the idea.”

Higginbotham said the general fund millage rate remains the same as it has for at least the last half-decade. 

The budget includes $20 million in federal COVID monies of which $5 million will be put toward roads. The rest has been earmarked for projects such as broadband internet in the northeastern part of the county. 

An additional $20 million in state funding is going toward construction projects in the county, Higginbotham said. 

The library system will be receiving $1.9 million, which is an increase from $1.75 million last year. 

Holmes Community College will be receiving over $4 million, up from $3.8 million last year.

Property located in the new Mega Site Alliance Fire Protection District will see a tax of 8 mills this year. 

The Camden Fire Protection District and South Madison Fire Protection District also increased millage by 2 mills for the new fiscal year.

A mill is $1 per $1,000 assessed property value, or $200 for a $200,000 home.

No one other than Higginbotham spoke during the public hearing on the county’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget and supervisors unanimously adopted the budget.

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