2014-01-09 / Community

Huron County sets 2014 budget

Staff Writer • 810-452-2668 • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON COUNTY — The Huron County Board of Commissioners approved the estimated General Fund Budget for the fiscal year 2014 in the amount of $13,905,657 at its Dec. 30, 2013 regular meeting.

The largest budgeted items are Huron County Transit, $2.5 million (18%), Emergency Phone Service, $2.0 million (14.7%), Primary Road- Major/Local Street Fund, $1,900,318 (13.67%), and Retirees’ Health Insurance, $1,3 million (9.7%). The total of all Retirees’ Health budgeted amounts is $1,513,022 (10.88%).

• Huron County Transit $2,512,293

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Huron Transit Corporation, known as Thumb Area Transit, and locally as the TAT Bus, was established in 1981 to service the residents of Huron County. The nonprofit corporation, operated by Huron County and managed by a transit director, offers public transit service throughout Huron County, serves several area school districts and operates in a demand/response mode. MDOT 2012 data showed that Huron County’s 31 liftequipped TAT buses covered 1,036,081 miles and that TAT Bus drivers collectively clocked more than 53,000 hours while giving 307,225 passengers a lift. It also showed that TAT had 29 employees.

• Emergency Phone Service $2,044,620

The county’s Board of Commissioners recently adopted a resolution to purchase an upgrade from E.F. Johnson Company at a cost of $1,247,696, which includes four 800MHz towers and a three channel, p25 simulcast trunked radio system. The towers will be located near Port Hope, just north of Sebewaing, and on the WLEW tower on Filion Road. The county agreed to enter into a service agreement with Agri-Valley Service Inc, Pigeon, which will provide fiber service and Internet connectivity to the 9-1-1 center and the towers.

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