County budget focuses on new hires, employee raises


Hamilton County County Councilors recently wrapped up two days of budget hearings at the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center in Noblesville, finalizing a budget of nearly $100 million.

“I’d like to commend our council for doing a great job,” Hamilton County Council President Steve Schwartz stated. “There are seven different viewpoints on this council and a lot of passion in the decision-making process, but overall, I’m happy with the outcome. We spend very wisely.”

The proposed budget includes 20 new, full-time positions, one each in the coroner’s office and parks and recreation department, two in the prosecuting attorney’s office and 16 new sheriff’s deputies to staff the Hamilton County Jail expansion, which is ongoing. A new part-time employee also has been added to help with veteran services.

The proposed budget also includes raises for county employees as well as $1.3 million to support 11 nonprofits in the county.

“Our expenditures will meet our revenues in the coming year,” stated Brad Beaver, Hamilton County Council vice president, who will become council president in January 2019. “We were presented with budget requests from every department in the county. This is the best budget we could afford without going in the red.”

The council is scheduled to formally adopt the budget at a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15. in Conference Room 1A at the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center, 1 Hamilton County Sq., Noblesville. When approved, it will be sent to the State of Indiana for approval before going into effect Jan. 1, 2019.