Franklin County under tax cap, according to early budget numbers

The 2016 Franklin County bud­get is on-track to stay below the 2% tax cap this year. Ini­tial num­bers pre­sented to the leg­is­la­ture shows the total bud­get is down about 13% from this year. The biggest sav­ings came from clos­ing the county’s nurs­ing home—that was nearly $6 mil­lion dol­lars alone. County trea­surer Bryon Varin says they’re still nego­ti­a­tion union raises, so those num­bers aren’t included and they’ll still have to close out the final expenses from the nurs­ing home, but the county remains about $750-thousand under the tax cap. The ten­ta­tive bud­get has to be filed with the clerk by Oct. 1.