Madison County plans to spend more than $121 million in Fiscal Year 2019-2020, according to the annual budget and tax levies passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. 

Next year’s budget is up over $24 million from the current year due in part to a number of road projects and expenditures such as spending $1.75 million for a new drivers license testing station supervisors are building for the state.

There is no tax increase.

Unlike last year’s contentious hearing and subsequent vote, Tuesday’s vote was remarkably unceremonious. The board voted 5-0 to adopt the budget without incident or debate and with little fanfare.

Board President Trey Baxter said Wednesday there might not have been as many fireworks as 2018 — when several department heads accused supervisors of slashing their budgets — but that doesn’t mean the negotiations weren’t contentious.

“I’m not happy at all with the way things went,” Baxter said. “We are spending way too much money and unfortunately, I don’t have enough conservative votes to stop it.”

According to the new budget, the county intends to spend $38.296 million through its public works department, $33.186 million on general government expenses and 20.957 million on public safety.

The budget might have swollen, but so has the county, officials said.

The county grew by 2.5 percent overall in the past year, adding approximately $340 million in total true value, according to the 2019 preliminary tax roll presented to the Board of Supervisors in July.

Madison County also added 650 new residential structures in 2019 — roughly 50 fewer than the previous year but still among the highest in the state.

"I am very pleased with the stability of Madison County's growth," Tax Assessor Norman Cannady said. "The hard work of our leadership, law enforcement, fire protection, and schools serves to encourage the residential, commercial, and industrial development that allows Madison County to flourish."

From 2018 to 2019, real property value rose 2.2 percent to $1.25 billion and personal property rose 3.1 percent to just under $250 million.

The county intends to collect $56.196 million in taxes, $8.25 million from charging for county services, $3.085 million in licenses and commissions,  $5.419 million from the state. It will make up the remaining amount of around $50 million from interest income, fines and forfeitures and various other financing sources.