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Jefferson County commissioners finalize budget for 2018

The Jefferson County commissioners were able to finalize the county's budget for 2018 on Thursday.

The Jefferson County commissioners were able to finalize the county's budget for 2018 on Thursday.

The commissioners also announced they are actually working with a surplus of money, thanks to the conservative approach they taken over the years. It's an approach that has paid off for the county -- and one they plan to continue.

"The fact that we have a $16 million -- a million more than last year and we still have money left over,” Commissioner Thomas Graham said. So we're very pleased, we worked together, and we balanced it, we balance it every year. I've seen them when the budget's been $11 million, and we are dealing with $16 million. And that time, we had to lay off.

“So we're very pleased to get it done; we worked together, we cooperated together. We had to deal with various departments, and the department heads have been very good, being conservative with their numbers."

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