The Jackson County government finished FY2011 in the black according to its recently released audit. But the county continues to struggle with its debt service obligations. The county’s general fund took in $34.6 million last year and had a positive net of $731,000 after expenses and transfers. The general fund had a total balance of reserves of $10.6 million at the end of the year. The county’s largest single area of expense is public safety at $13.2 million in the general fund and $6.4 million in the non-major funds for a total of nearly $20 million for all the various public safety departments.
For the full story, see the Aug. 8 issue of The Jackson Herald.