State Senators Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Rutherford County will receive approximately $453.9 million in state appropriations. The total amount coming into Rutherford County is $14.7 million more than last year and $38.3 million more than that approved during the 2010-2011 budget year. Also, Rutherford County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee's $31 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.
“In a slim budget year, this is very good news for Rutherford County,” said Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, who is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “I am very pleased that the largest category for an increase was education which is our best investment for the future.”
At $190.6 million, the increase for education over last year is $8.1 million and is $13.2 million more than that approved during the 2010-2011 budget year. Transportation also received a considerable boost at $6.54, which is $3.2 million more than last year’s appropriations for Rutherford County.
“We are putting the money where it will do the most good, education and jobs,” added Senator Tracy, who is Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “A sound transportation system is a critical to job recruitment.”
Other budget appropriations listed for Rutherford County in the following general categories are: $37.3 million in shared state tax collections; $108.4 million for health and social services; $15.1 million for justice and public safety; $4.8 million for recreation and resources development and $87.2 million for economic development and higher education. In addition, Rutherford County will receive $3.625 million in capital outlay, which include four improvement projects at Middle Tennessee State University.
The state budget was reduced almost $1 billion from the 2011-12 budget.
The county-by-county statistics are prepared by the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, which works in concert with state finance officials in gathering the detailed information.