Forest tentative budget approved, no tax hike

Forest County commissioners this week approved the county’s 2024 tentative budget that doesn’t include a tax increase.

The proposed spending plan does call for a 3% wage increase for all county staff and elected officials.

The budget includes projected expenses of $3,468,642, up from this year’s total of $3,278,315 in both revenues and expenses.

The total tax revenue in the budget is projected at $1,875,953, including the library, real estate and per capita taxes and delinquent taxes.

State and federal funds make up the bulk of the county’s remaining revenues.

Total expenses break down to $1,144,873 for administration, $1,031,480 for judicial, $412,793 for public service, $455,863 for corrections and $423,631 under miscellaneous, which covers things such as Children and Youth Services, insurance and retirement.

The spending plan will be on public display in the commissioners office until a special business meeting open to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the conference room of the Annex Building in Tionesta.

The budget is slated for final approval at that meeting.