YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners passed a balanced general fund budget today that increases funding for most county departments, though several increases are less than what department administrators requested.
The budget, of nearly $50.3 million, was short more than $12.9 million in overall requests. Commissioners could not appropriate more because they had to abide by the county budget commission’s revenue certification, said Audrey Tillis, county budget director.
The biggest spender in the general fund, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, requested nearly $5.5 million over last year’s original appropriation of approximately $17.2 million. The office’s increase for 2013 is $175,304.
Other departments that got less than requested include the prosecutor’s office, the clerk of courts, the common pleas courts, the juvenile court and the coroner’s office.
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