UPDATE: The Hamilton County Commission this morning has unanimously approved a $679 million budget. The vote was 8-0 in favor, with one commissioner not present.
The Hamilton County Commission votes today on a $679 million budget for 2017.
Mayor Jim Coppinger's budget proposal amounts to a $14.3 million increase over last year and includes a 2.5 percent salary bump for county employees. It does not include a property tax increase and discretionary funds for county commissioners. The proposal marks the second year in a row that Coppinger has left out the special project money for commissioners.
Last year, six commissioners voted to take $900,000 out of the county's $90 million general fund balance to use as discretionary money.
The six commissioners - Chester Bankston, Tim Boyd, Randy Fairbanks, Jim Fields, Warren Mackey and Sabrena Smedley - did not publicly discuss the matter; they just voted to allocate money from what essentially serves as the county's savings.