Greene County

Greene County commission passes budget

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Greene County commissioners passed an $84 million budget Friday morning without a tax increase.

However, commissioners say the new budget meant deep cuts for some departments and organizations. $242,000 dedicated for the highway fund will now go to help build back up the county's 'rainy day fund' because commissioners needed several thousand dollars from the fund to balance the budget.

"A county government either has to raise taxes or cut services," said county commissioner Ted Hensley. "Unfortunately some services will be curtailed a bit. There will be a delay in some of the road improvements and some of the other projects, but it's not going to be as bad as a lot of people think."

A half-cent dedicated to the solid waste fund was diverted to the general fund, but commissioners say that won't affect services.

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