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Dallas County Commission approves ‘22 Fiscal Budget

The Dallas County Commission approved the County’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year.

The Fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends September 30, 2022.

Dallas County Administrator Barbara Harrell announced the grand total of Dallas County’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year is $33.1 million, a slight increase of $25.5 million from 2021.

Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn and Commissioners Jan Justice, Curtis Williams, Vivian Rogers and Connell Towns unanimously approved the upcoming budget.

Here’s the breakdown of the budget: $13.7 million in the general fund, $10.6 million allocated for the engineering/road department and $8.7 million for other funds.

Last year’s $25.4 budget was broken down : $13.3 million (general fund), $8.1 million (engineering) and $4.1 (other funds).

Every county employee will get a $2 per hour payraise and a $600 employee bonus in November.

Harrell pointed out that estimated fund balance for the beginning of the fiscal year is $14,793,541.39,  estimated revenues for the fiscal year at $29,130,373, estimated expenditures at $33,063,819 and excess revenue over, or under, expenditures at $3.933,446. The estimated fund balance for the end of the fiscal year will be $10,860,095.39.

County administrator Barbara Harrell, who worked with the Commission on the budget, attributed the raises   to American Rescue Plan. The county received $7.21 million from the plan.

Nunn said absorbing the insurance for the employees was huge.

“It’s a balanced budget every year,” Nunn said. “Everything the department heads wanted, they got it.”

Nunn and the commission credited Harrell for her hard work on finalizing the budget.

“Barbara is one of a kind and she knows her stuff,” Nunn said.

Added Vivian Rogers: “Barbara worked really hard on the budget.”