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.