October 28, 2009
receives $67.8 million in state appropriated expenditures says Sen. Tracy
NASHVILLE—Local State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced that during the current 2009-2010 fiscal year approximately $67.8 million in state appropriated expenditures will find its way into Bedford County through various state agencies and programs. Bedford County will also receive a portion of the $12.1 billion in federal funds that are included in Tennessee’s $29.4 billion budget as adopted by the 106th General Assembly.
The lawmaker listed budget appropriations for Bedford County in the following general categories:
- $5.1 million in State-Shared Tax Collections;
- $33.5 million for Education (kindergarten through 12th grade);
- $17.1 million for Health and Social Services;
- $ 3.7 million for Law, Safety and Correction;
- $1.1 million for Recreation and Resources Development;
- $2.7 million for Economic Development and Higher Education; and
- $4.39 million for State Highway projects.
“This budget was developed as we were encountering an unprecedented downturn in the economy,” said Sen. Tracy. “As a result, this budget, as well as the upcoming budget will be reflective of a shrinking government as we work to balance a budget that has lost over $1.2 in state tax revenue.”
Tracy pointed out that it is important to note that this budget was balanced by:
- Making over $750 million in reductions
- Using a significant amount of one-time funding
- NOT raising taxes
- NOT taking money away from the Highway Fund
- NOT taking State-shared taxes away from local
“As we struggle to maintain a balanced budget in the upcoming fiscal year, we will continue to work to maintain many vital state funded programs and services now present in Bedford County,” Tracy concluded.