County prepares biennium budget

County staff is working diligently to prepare the 2017-2019 biennium budget. Department directors met with the Chief Operating Office and county Budget Manager beginning the first week in February. The Proposed Budget will be reviewed by the Budget Committee in April and May before being forward to the Board of Commissioners for final approval and adoption in June. A complete schedule of Budget Committee meetings, public hearing time and agendas will be published in late March in the Gazette-Times and on the County website.

With a current ’15-’17 total budget of approximately $219 million and 450 employees, Benton County provides a breadth of services through its departments of Assessment, Board of Commissioners, Community Development, District Attorney, Fairgrounds, Records and Elections, Financial Services, Health Centers, Health Department, Human Resources, Information Technology, Juvenile, Natural Areas and Parks, Public Works, and the Sheriff’s Office.

To view the county budget visit