TWIN FALLS • An early version of the Twin Falls County budget shows a slight decrease in spending, partly due to the recent completion of the county’s new department building.
Earlier this year, the county finished renovations on County West, which used to be the old St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center. The county bought the building in 2011 to centralize its offices and open space to potential tenants.
Now that the project is complete, the county’s capital projects funds have been cut almost in half, said County Clerk Kristina Glascock.
Next fiscal year’s budget proposes $40.48 million in spending, Glascock said.
The budget contains a 4 percent increase in health insurance costs. Those were expected to rise by 15 percent, but the county opted into a cheaper policy, Glascock said.
“We’re still meeting with departments,” said Commissioner Terry Kramer. “We still don’t have a final number for property values, so parts of the budget might change.“
The commissioners won’t finalize the budget until next month.
Residents are encouraged to submit their thoughts during public hearings at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 and 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at County West in the commissioners’ meeting room, 630 Addison Ave. W.