The head of the Hamilton County Commissioners released his preliminary budget for next year and in it identifies $30 to $40 million dollars in funds to find and fund a new coroner's facility and crime lab.
Commissioner Hartmann acknowledged the current facilities are cramped and outdated.
According to Hartmann, the $210 million Hamilton County General Fund provides funding for the operations of Hamilton County government, including the courts system, the Sheriff’s Department, the Engineer’s office and several other important County functions.
As part of the budget, the county will look to implement an alternative funding mechanism for the 9-1-1 emergency communications function through a utility service fee, to more equitably fund this critical public safety system.
Hartmann says the function is currently funded through an expensive dispatch fee to townships, cities and villages, which causes strain on local budgets and puts the system at risk of fragmentation.
He proposes that county employees will receive the first full-year, performance-based compensation adjustment in nine years.
The county will look combat drug addiction with to allocate $1.2 million in one-time revenue to increase detox, treatment and recovery services to heroin and opiate users in 2016.
The board of commissioners will look at the budget over the next few weeks, which are open to the public.