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Wilson County commissioners have begun listening to county departments’ needs and requests as part of the annual budget process.
Multiple departments have presented their 2019-20 budget requests to commissioners. The final department budget presentations will be held on May 7, when Wilson Community College and Wilson County Schools will lay out their budget requests.
County Manager Denise Stinagle will review all department requests and will make a formal budget presentation next month. After that, commissioners will work through the budget and will hold discussions and work sessions, followed by a public hearing in June.
“We work through our budget calendar each year that allows time for commissioners to learn about revenues, expenditures, to hear departmental needs and to know of major budget impacts,” said Ron Hunt, assistant county manager. “County Manager Denise Stinagle will make her recommendations, and then commissioners have time to dive deeper into the budget and receive feedback from citizens. It’s a very thorough process and one that we take seriously when looking into the year ahead.”
DEPARTMENT Budget requests
Wilson County Emergency Medical Services
• Requested roughly $6.8 million, an increase of roughly $746,000 from last year.
Wilson County Department of Social Services
• Total budget is roughly $198.2 million with county appropriation of roughly $11.4 million, a 30% decrease from last year.
Wilson County Health Department
• Total budget of about $6.6 million with county appropriation of roughly $2.6 million, which is the same as last year.
Wilson County Library Services
• Total budget is roughly $2.4 million with county appropriation of roughly $2.2 million.
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office
• Requested about $13.6 million, an increase of roughly $500,000 from last year.