Flathead County Coverage

Aug 29, 2013 1:20 PM by Tara Oster - KAJ News

Flathead County approves new budget

KALISPELL - Flathead County commissioners have approved a $81 million budget for the next fiscal year, and increase of about 2% in expenditures from 2013.

The new budget means property taxes are going up, so county taxpayers will see an increase of about 2%.

Finance Director Sandy Carlson tells us the majority of the budget increase comes from a 3.5% cost of living increase for county employees.

She added that the county typically finishes out the year under budget.

"I think they've been pretty good, they're very conservative. We've kept a pretty healthy balance and now we're projecting about a 25% cash balance."

The extra funds tide the county over during the months they aren't collecting property taxes.

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