The county voters passed a 1.0% countywide sales tax in 1994. The countywide sales tax goes to the county and cities based on formulas. The main purpose of this tax for the county was to build a new jail and health facility, and to reduce ad valorem taxes.
The annual budget provides the county with expenditure authority and authority to levy taxes to finance the expenditures. It provides a financial plan on how the expenditures will be spent, including personnel, contractual services, and capital expenditures.