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Kent Co. Board of Commissioners approves 2020-21 budget

Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 21:49:22-05

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Board of Commissioners signed off on its 2020-21 budget Thursday.

It’s $496 million and commissioners say it was done with the county’s strategic plan in mind.

Budget highlights include:

  • A 7.4% decrease to the clerk’s office since there aren’t any statewide or national elections next year
  • A 3.2% increase to the sheriff’s office for new dash cams and body cams

The county has also hired a part time indigent defense administrator to help represent people who can’t afford an attorney.

“The fiscal and public health impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating to our community, making the budget process challenging,” Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter said. “However, our long-standing tradition of responsible budgeting, high credit rating and investments in rainy day reserves have placed the county in a good position to respond to the crisis and maintain services to residents.”

Read the full budget here.