(NASHVILLE, TN), September 10, 2012 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) announced today that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Fentress County will receive approximately $41.29 million in state appropriations. The total amount coming into Fentress County is $184,500 more than last year. Also, Fentress County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee’s $31 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.
“The increase is overwhelmingly for education,” said Senator Yager. “There is no better investment in our future than education.”
The total state budget was reduced almost $1 billion from the previous 2011-12 budget year. The 2012-2013 appropriations listed for Fentress County in the following general categories are: $18.1 million for K-12 Education; $1 million for transportation; $3 million in shared state tax collections; $14.9 million for health and social services; $1.9 million for justice and public safety; $540,300 for recreation and resources development; and $558,800 for economic development and higher education. The budget also contained $1.13 million in capital outlay for York Institute Campus paving repairs.
“The 2013 Budget represents a cooperative effort between the General Assembly and the Governor Haslam. Working together, we were able to identify and eliminate wasteful spending while meeting the needs of Fentress County with additional funds, “ added Yager.
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/counties12/Fentress.pdf