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The Pettis County Commission on Tuesday approved general revenue and Road and Bridge budgets for 2013, though officials expect sales tax revenue to remain down through the year.

The 2013 general revenue budget is balanced at $6.6 million, an increase from the $5.5 million approved in 2012 — up from the $5.3 million approved for 2011, as well as an increase from the pre-recession level of $5.97 million in 2009. The Road and Bridge budget is balanced at $7.6 million, also an increase from the $6.7 million approved for 2012, as well as the $6.2 million budgeted in 2011. The 2012 budget includes enhancements to county offices as well as modest increases in employee pay.

Presiding Commissioner John Meehan said he consulted with fellow elected officials, department heads and members of the community in “projecting that revenues in 2013 will be slightly less than in 2012.”

The county ended the year down 4.5 percent, or $250,000, compared to 2011.

Meehan said that although the lost revenues marked a “significant decrease” in county funds, they were able to weather the financial storm because of a conservative budget passed in 2012 and continued attempts to find cost savings across offices and departments.

“We continue to reap the benefits of cost savings instituted two years ago and were able to find additional savings in 2012,” Meehan said.

Meehan also credited some county officials for pursuing state and federal grants to help expand services to the public without adding to the county’s budgetary bottom line.

“When you have dedicated and conscientious elected officials acting in a fiscally responsible manner and looking out for the best interests of the residents of Pettis County, everyone benefits,” Meehan said.

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