Jackson County passes 2014 budget

The Jackson County Legislature on Monday passed a $296.3 million budget for next year.

It is almost $4 million less than this year’s budget and is the seventh straight year the operating budget has been reduced, officials said.

It includes no increase in the county property tax, but does provide funding for renovations to the county courthouse annex in Independence and relocation and renovation of the county sheriff’s headquarters.

This budget is an example of the county’s “sensible and fiscally responsible government,” county executive Mike Sanders said in a press release.

“Rather than asking the citizens for more, we instead have committed ourselves to hard work, collaboration, and innovation in order to meet the challenges we face today as well as the priorities that we must address for our future,” he said.

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