The El Paso County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Monday to pass the $ 498.18 million budget for fiscal 2022.
A budget breakdown consists of:
- A general fund budget of $ 414.5 million;
- Special revenue funds used to track and report sources of revenue restricted or committed for specified purposes other than debt service or capital projects, $ 49.8 million;
- Debt Service Fund which follow and report financial resources that are restricted, committed or allocated to expenditures on principal and interest loans, $ 19.9 million;
- Funding of the capital project of $ 10.1 million.
In the County General Fund’s budget, Public Safety, which includes ambulance services, the sheriff’s office, animal control and others, will receive more than $ 136 million, or about 33 percent of the funding. The government category, which oversees ministries relating to elections, human resources, the tax office and others, will take more than $ 133 million, or more than 32% of the funding.
The 2022 El Paso County budget includes:
- Improvements to Ascarate Park;
- Fully funded Crisis Response Teams with the El Paso Sheriff’s Department, which pairs patrollers with mental health experts to help defuse interactions;
- Funding for the Healthy Food Funding Initiative, which provides small business grants to food suppliers to provide sustainable options for buying and selling fresh produce and healthy foods;
- Wage increases for workers at the bottom of the El Paso County pay scale, among others.
The county’s budget increased by 6%, but compared to other fiscal entities such as the Department of Environmental Services, University Medical Center, Central Assessment District and the City of El Paso, it is the smallest increase, according to data presented at a meeting of the Tribunal of Commissioners in September. 27.
The budget comes into effect on October 1, 2021.
In early September, county commissioners passed a 3.8% tax cut, providing a large chunk of budget revenue. The county tax rate for 2022 will be $ 0.470181 per $ 100 of property valuation, up from $ 0.488997.
“I’m glad we were able to lower the tax rate, especially given the huge property appraisal increases so many of my constituents have received,” El Paso County Commissioner David Stout said. , in a press release.
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