County adopts general fund budget

By Mackenzi Klemann -

LIMA — The Allen County Board of Commissioners officially has a new president for 2020: Cory Noonan.

Noonan was selected Monday during the board’s first meeting of the year.

Noonan and Commission Vice President Greg Sneary will continue to oversee county operations while Jay Begg is out for health reasons. While Begg confirmed late last year that he no longer intends to seek reelection in 2020, he has not resigned from his position as commissioner.

Begg has been out since November of last year.

The commissioners approved Allen County’s general fund budget for 2020 during their reorganization meeting Monday.

The budget rings in at $29.2 million, up from last year’s $28.6 million, with additional funding for utilities at the new Allen County Juvenile Detention Center and the former Ohio Department of Transportation property on N. West St., which is now being used by the Allen County Engineer and EMA offices. Also included were new maintenance agreements for the IT department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office, each totaling about $100,000.

Additional funding was also needed for the Allen County Board of Elections as the office enters a presidential election year.

“You have to gear up for the number of voters that are coming in. That’s why it was a priority to get the new office set up,” Noonan said. That means printing additional ballots, holding longer office hours and hiring additional staff.

“We did our best to keep it as fiscally conservative as we could,” Noonan said of the year’s general fund budget.

The commissioners will continue discussion of capital projects in the coming weeks, with about $1.7 million available this year, according to current projections. That includes $1.3 million in anticipated casino revenue and $400,000 in sales tax revenue the commissioners have dedicated to capital needs.

By Mackenzi Klemann

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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