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.
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 county voters passed a 0.25% sales tax in 2018 for the purpose of financing the costs of providing mental health services for the county. Collection of the sales tax began April 1, 2019.