(NASHVILLE, TN), September 10, 2012 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) announced today that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Rhea County will receive approximately $57.831 million in state appropriations. The total amount coming into Rhea County is almost $1.3 million more than last year. Also, Rhea County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee’s $31 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.
“This is very good news in a slim budget year,” said Senator Yager. “I am very pleased that Rhea County will be receiving this level of funding.”
The total state budget was reduced almost $1 billion from the previous 2011-12 budget year. The 2012-2013 appropriations listed for Rhea County in the following general categories are: $24.7 million for K-12 Education; $1.05 million for transportation; $6 million in shared state tax collections; $21.3 million for health and social services; $2.4 million for justice and public safety; $1.7 million for recreation and resources development; and $498,900 for economic development and higher education.
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 Rhea County with additional funds.
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/Rhea.pdf