Answers to FAQs — 'Yes' on 1A

Why is balancing the budget such a problem this year?

For the past five years, county expenses have exceeded revenues, and  Jefferson County has been drawing down its reserve account, similar to a personal savings account, to support critical projects.

As with any savings account, this could only be done with money that was in the account and as a one-time fix. The balance in country reserves has now reached a minimum threshold, and in 2020, the county will have to cut $16.1 million in expenses to balance the budget.

Spending vs Revenue $M (2010-2019)

Jefferson County General Fund Overview