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County board giving budget serious consideration

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- County residents are getting a first look at next year's budget.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- County residents are getting a first look at next year's budget. County leaders expect to bring in $127-million in 2014. The money will be split a lot of different ways.

Obviously the county has a lot of departments to cover. It expects to spend $134 million. That's about $1-million more than it expects to bring in.

About $5-million will go to the sheriff department's operating budget. The sheriff has said improvements need to be made at the downtown jail, even though no firm decisions have been made about what to do with it.

County board chair, Al Kurtz, says millions more will go to court services, the State's Attorney's Office and the Juvenile Detention Center.

Another area of emphasis is the county nursing home. About 25% of the county's personnel budget is included in that project. Kurtz says he wants to make sure the home stays stable for the future.

The county board plans to take a look at the budget Thursday night. Members will take a final vote on it next month.
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