Council approves FY 2015 budget |

Council approves FY 2015 budget

Wednesday, the Summit County Council unanimously approved the FY 2015 budget, which calls for an increase of $6.5 million from last year, without raising taxes.

The approved budget will fund five new full-time positions, including animal control staffers, a new court security officer, and an assistant plans examiner in building inspections, while five other positions would be switched from part-time to full-time.

"I’m comfortable moving forward, especially with the economy right now," County Council member Kim Carson said Wednesday. "I think we are finally doing some catchup with these projects and I think we are very safe."

The $57.9 million budget represents an almost 9 percent increase from last year’s budget of $51.5 million, with $9.8 million earmarked for capital projects such as road construction at Pinebrook and Wanship, and the first phase of development for the new Fairgrounds.

Council member Dave Ure, who voted in favor of the budget, added that he cast his vote with some hesitation.

"I do not like seeing the increases we are proposing," Ure said. "I just hate to see that much of an increase from one year to another."

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The 8 percent increase is about 5 percent less than what was proposed for the 2014 budget. Last year, the county’s overall operating budget increased 13 percent, whereas this year it increased 4.7 percent.

Manager-elect Tom Fisher sat down with council members earlier this month during the budget process, as County Manager Bob Jasper’s last day was Dec. 17. Fisher will start on Jan. 20.