(NASHVILLE), October 20, 2011 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced today that during the fiscal year 2011-2012 Unicoi County will receive approximately $31.1 million in state appropriations. Also, Unicoi County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee’s $30.8 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.
Listed budget appropriations for Unicoi County in the following general categories are: $13 million for education (kindergarten through 12th grade); $3 million in shared state tax collections; $10 million for health and social services; $2.56 million for justice and public safety; $853,500 for recreation and resources development; $257,800 for economic development and higher education and $1.4 million for state highway projects.
“This is a slight increase in the total state dollars that will be coming into Unicoi County in the current budget year as compared to last year,“ said Senator Southerland. “This increase comes at a time when the total state budget has decreased.”
The state budget was reduced $1.2 billion from the 2010-11 budget, which is a decrease of 3.8 percent.
“Overall, Unicoi County fared well in this budget year,” Southerland added.
The county-by-county statistics are prepared by the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, which works in concert with state finance officials in gathering the detailed information.
NOTE TO MEDIA: The full report can be found at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/joint/staff/budget-analysis/county-reports/counties11/unicoi.pdf