The budget looks good and manageable in Hancock County, but it doesn't mean there is a lot of money to spend.
Wednesday, Hancock County Commission President Ed Ingold presented a State of the County address to employees and the public, about last year and what is ahead. Ingold says the 2009 sales tax increase passed on the November ballot has helped to stabilize the budget and of course fund flood mitigation. After years of struggling financially because of state and local cuts in revenue, finally it looks like the county has turned the corner. While investments are still down because of low interest rates, tax revenue is looking good.
Ingold added that the county will continue it's work on flood mitigation. There have been success stories already in some parts of the county. He says the goal continues to be to eliminate flood damage.