Hamilton County’s proposed $995 million budget aims for continuity, not disruption

Jun 8, 2023 | Political News

Standing at close to $1 billion, Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp's first budget since his inauguration in September is intentionally nondisruptive.

“Our goal was continuity,” Wamp told Hamilton County commissioners during a presentation Wednesday. “It was to build trust with department heads through this process, to build trust with members of the commission through this process. Though I care deeply about many of the priorities in this budget, I have described it as a boring budget — one that's meant to get us all started on the right foot together.”

Wamp gave a preview of his spending priorities in his State of the County address in late March, and the County Commission will vote on the proposed fiscal year 2024 budget June 21. The county's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

The $995 million proposal, $313 million of which is dedicated to general government, would not raise property taxes. It includes a 4% across-the-board pay raise for county employees at a cost of $4.1