The Ross County auditor and county commissioners are working on finalizing budgets for 2018 and approximately one-third of it is for law enforcement.
Ross County's general fund budget is estimated at $27 million for 2018, but County Auditor Tom Spetnagel Jr. says he's having to even look ahead to 2019, when preparing next year's budget.
Spetnagel says the federal government's order for state and county's to cease taxing Medicaid managed care organizations is hitting local government in the pocket to the tune of cutting $1.5 million.
He says he is hopeful the recent federal tax cut will lead to more spending by consumers, which would increase the amount of sales tax that comes to the county. But, he adds that is something that can not be accurately projected, until it starts happening.
County governments gain their tax revenue through the sales tax.
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