Fiscal Court News

Boone County Fiscal Court Passes FY25 Budget

At its June 18 meeting, the Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously passed an ordinance approving the FY25 budget. (A fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30.)

Most notably, the budget will not require any increases in general fees or taxes. (Learn more about property taxes.)

“Our residents will continue to enjoy the same level of quality services they’ve come to expect from our county – everything from clear roads in the winter to beautiful parks to explore during nicer weather,” shares Gary W. Moore, Boone County Judge/Executive. “Together with the commissioners, we have demonstrated our commitment to deliver the resources and programs our community wants and deserves, all while being fiscally responsible.”

In addition to supporting county operations, the budget includes several noteworthy infrastructure projects and dedicated funding for the conservation and preservation of our county’s natural areas.

Read on for a brief breakdown of the FY25 budget.

Public services, public safety fully funded
Proven public services and programs remain funded at their current or enhanced levels. Our residents will be able to continue to take advantage of some of the most popular – and necessary – services that keep our county running.

That includes the Public Works department that works (sometimes around the clock) to repair and improve our roads, bridges, sidewalks and infrastructure, and our Parks team, who offers high-quality recreational programs and beautiful spaces to enjoy the county.

Public safety, including the Sheriff’s Department, Jail, Public Safety Communications Center (911 Dispatch), Animal Services and others also remain fully funded. These departments often find themselves on the front lines of keeping our community and residents safe.

Focus on infrastructure
In the past few years, the Fiscal Court has taken advantage of federal funding to support local initiatives to improve infrastructure projects. That includes providing nearly all residents with the opportunity to access high-speed intranet through a partnership with altafiber, and offering improved access to safe and reliable public water to our residents in rural areas of the county.

That focus continues into FY25. Infrastructure investments include:

  • Multi-use paths and sidewalks to improve multimodal transportation options. (Multimodal transportation refers to all the different ways we can move through our community, including driving a car, biking, walking, skating, etc.)
  • Street improvements, such as repaving, repairing or widening county roads to ensure safe and accessible access for motorists.
  • Major system improvements to improve safety, capacity and mobility in areas of our county. Specific projects may include:
    • Camp Ernst and Longbranch Road roundabout
    • Electric vehicle chargers
    • Widening rural roads
    • Limaburg Road improvements
    • Continued expansion of public water

Preserving, protecting natural areas
More than 50% of Boone County remains undeveloped. Land use studies and zoning laws have been intentional in directing growth and development to some regions of the county, and protecting much of the western, northern and southern areas of Boone County.

Zoning Map
(A zoning map of Boone County, which demonstrates the strategic growth of our county. The green area represents agricultural areas. Source: Boone County GIS)

Conservation and preservation have always been and remain a priority for the Boone County Fiscal Court. The FY25 budget includes allocations for the Boone Conservancy, the Boone County Conservation District and urban forestry. This commitment is in addition to the work the Boone County Parks and Natural Areas departments do to protect, preserve and conserve the hills, woods, trails and streams in our community.  

Learn more about the budget process and review the approved FY25 budget.

 

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