Allen County commissioners approve $31.8 million budget for 2022

By Joe Gilroy - [email protected]

LIMA — After six months of meetings and revisions, the Allen County Commissioners approved the final version of the county budget for 2022 on Tuesday.

Commissioners Cory Noonan, Beth Seibert and Brian Winegardner unanimously voted for the $31.8 million general fund budget. The new budget represents an increase of nearly $2 million over last year, and much of that can be attributed to rising health insurance costs, contractual negotiations and additional staffing.

“Any time that you have increases to contracts, increases to your insurance lines, you have to identify them and find the dollars for that, and we’ve been able to do that,” Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan said.

The commissioners created the budget from estimates they receive from the county budget commission and cash on hand they can roll over at the end of the year.

In a perfect world, every department head would love to have more money, however, they seem satisfied with what the commissioners provided in the budget, Noonan said. He mentioned if you listened in to each of the budget meetings the commissioners had, the elected officials and department heads talked about the value their department brings and what more they could do if they had more money.

“(They) talk about the great work that they do now and what they could do with more with funding,” Noonan said. “They have those requests that are above and beyond, what they can do for the betterment of the residents of our county. All in all, I think this was a good budget. I think at the end of the day, they understand where we’re at with the budget.”

Noonan reiterated the budget isn’t set in stone. It is monitored throughout the year, and at times some areas of the budget need reevaluated to see if a category may need to be tweaked.

“Everything we do is projections. We keep an eye on where the dollars aren’t coming in through year and if any adjustments need to be made,” Noonan explained. “You don’t want to make knee-jerk reactions. Some months bills are a little higher than others. You may pay some bills more on the front end than you do on the back.”

By Joe Gilroy

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