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Monroe County Budget Information

Monroe County Budget

Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-17-3, notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Monroe County, Indiana that for property taxes due and payable in 2021 local government budget notices, including budget and tax levy information, will be available at www.budgetnotices.in.gov or by calling the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) at (888)-739-9826. Interested parties may subscribe to receive selected government budget notices via email by going to: http://budgetnotices.in.gov/AlertMe.aspx.

Brief Introduction to the County Budget Process:
How do we get from here to there?

While the local government budget process provides opportunities for public input on proposed budgets, the process can seem challenging, particularly to members of the public who may not be experienced in working with County government. The purpose of this guide is to provide members of the public with a brief overview of the County’s 2021 budget process in plain language.  

The process begins with budget requests made by each department in Monroe County Government. This process covers January 1 – December 31, 2021. Those budget requests are combined into a single document, which is available to the public here:  

2021 Monroe County Budget Requests

Council will also review budget requests from the Monroe Fire Protection District and the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District.  Their budgets are available to the public here:

2021 Monroe Fire Protection District Budget Request

2021 Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Budget Request

Just a few things to note about the budget request document:

  • For comparison, the 2018 and 2019 actual budget expenditures are included, as well as the 2020 approved budget amounts.
  • Changes from the 2020 budget are highlighted in yellow.
  • These budget requests do not include any cost of living increase in salaries for county employees (other than those mandated by the state).  A cost of living increase can be added at a later point in the budget process.

Members of the public are always encouraged to communicate and share input with their County Council representatives about this budget request at any time.  Contact information for County Council members can be found here

From here, the budget request will go through the following steps to final approval.

Budget Work Sessions: 
The County Council will hold 4 budget work sessions to discuss these budget proposals with the department heads who submitted them.  During these work sessions, the County Council may increase, decrease, or leave budget proposals unchanged.  These work session discussions may be very detailed, involving specific line items.

These budget work sessions will be conducted by Zoom on September 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th from 5:00-9:00 pm, and are open to the public.  They will also be televised on CATS-TVPublic comment is scheduled at the beginning of the work session on Tuesday, September 8th at 4:00 pm.

Advertisement: 
After the budget work sessions, the revised budget - now called the "proposed" budget, along with proposed property tax rates and levies, will be entered into the State's Gateway system.  Gateway is the State's local government transparency portal.  This is call advertisement, and it is the "official" notice to the public of the County's proposed budget and property tax levy.

The advertisement will be available here:  https://budgetnotices.in.gov/unit_lookup.aspx?ct=53000

Once the budget and property tax levies have been advertised, they cannot be increased.  They can only be decreased or left the same.

Our goal is to have the budget advertised around September 18th*, though that date could change slightly.  After advertisement, members of the public are again encouraged to review the advertised budget and communicate their input with their County Council representatives.

*As of September 24th the approved Monroe County Budget has been posted to the DLGF Gateway portal for public review. The detail of the reviewed departmental requests can be viewed by clicking here.

Public Hearing: 
The official Public Hearing for the 2021 budget will be conducted on October 6th at 5:00 pm by Zoom.  The Public Hearing will also be televised on CATS-TV.  During the hearing, members of the public are invited to comment about the advertised 2021 budget.  County Council members may also discuss the budget and vote on changes at this meeting, again, at this point, only decreases to the proposed budget maybe considered.  (To clarify, this means no overall increase can be made to the bottom line total of the County budget.  An increase can be made, if an equal or larger decrease is also made.)

Members of the public may still communicate their input on the proposed budget to their representatives on the County Council after the public hearing by contacting them directly

Budget Adoption: 
The County Council adopts the 2021 Monroe County Budget over two days, October 19th and October 20th, at 5:30 pm each evening.  The Council will read the 2021 budget and property tax levies into the record on October 13th ("first reading").  The Council may also discuss the budget at this point, and proposed changes (again, no net increases are permitted at this stage).  The County Council will then, on October 14th at 5:30 pm read the budget and property tax levies again into the record ("final reading"), discuss, and take a final  vote.  This vote is on the entire 2021 budget and property tax levies and rates, not on individual budgets or lines.

These budget adoption meetings will also be conducted by Zoom and are open to the public.  They will also be televised by CATS-TVPublic comment will be taken at both budget adoption meetings on October 19th and 20th at 5:30 pm.

Once the final budget is adopted by the County Council, the adopted budget and property tax rates and levies are sent to the State Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) for review.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that all relevant statues are followed and that each budget is supportable by revenues - the State will not make a value judgement on the content of the budget, but may make changes to comply with the law.  Once the State has conducted its review, it will send the County what is known as a 1782 Notice, which gives the County an opportunity to review the State determined budget, tax rates, and levies and look for errors. the County has a strictly enforced 10-day period to point out any errors to the State.

After the 1782 process has concluded, along with a few weeks of review by the State, the Department of Local Government Finance will issue the final certified Budget Order for the County, which specifies the official 2021 budget, and tax rates and levies for Monroe County Government.  That certified Budget Order can be found at this link:  https://secure.in.gov/dlgf/2570.htm?wt.cg_n=reportslinks&wt.cg_s=monroecounty

2021 BUDGET SESSION SCHEDULE:
Click here for Zoom Meeting Links

2021 Budget Work Session Agenda Schedules

Budget Session #1
Tuesday, September 8th at 4:00 pm

Budget Session #2
Wednesday, September 9th at 5:00 pm

Budget Session #3
Thursday, September 10th at 5:00 pm

Budget Session #4
Friday, September 11th at 5:00 pm

Budget Public Hearing
Tuesday, September 29th at 5:00 pm

Budget First Reading
Tuesday, October 13th at 5:30 pm

Budget Final Reading & Adoption
Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30 pm

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