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State appropriations in Knox County up 11 percent over last year

NASHVILLE, TN – Knox County Senators Richard Briggs and Becky Massey and Lt. Governor Randy McNally have indicated that the total estimated dollars directly benefitting Knox County in key programs increased 11 percent during the 2017-2018 fiscal year from the previous 2016-2017 fiscal year. The announcement comes as a result of a comprehensive report for each of the state’s 95 counties recently released by the General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Budget Analysis. The “County by County Analysis” examines over 100 categories of state spending in Knox County.

“Knox County received increases in all key state programs, including education, healthcare, transportation and social services and law, safety and corrections,” said Senator Briggs. “This does not include additional funds for the county that were approved in the 2018-2019 budget passed by our General Assembly this year.”

The 2017-2018 appropriations listed for Knox County in the following general categories are: $642.5 million for K-12 Education; $9 million for transportation; $84.2 million in shared state tax collections; $835.6 million for health and social services; $14.7 million for law, safety and corrections; $154.6 million for resources and regulation; $170.8 million for general government and $3.2 million for business and economic development.

Other information provided in the report shows:
• The state paid $2.6 million to house state inmates in local jails;
• 6,150 lottery scholarship recipients in Knox County receive a combined $23.8 million in education funds;
• 9,649 local citizens were served through the Health Insurance Assistance (SHIP) Program;
• 119,117 Knox Countians were served through the Project Diabetes Program;
• 4,429 children were served in Knox County after school programs;
• 287,219 meals were served to elder Knox Countians through the programs operating in conjunction with the state’s Commission on Aging and Disability;
• 766 Knox police officers received POST pay supplements, while 303 firefighters received supplements; and
• 14,509 Knox Countians received services through the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.

“This report spotlights our continuing efforts to bring Knox County tax dollars home,” added Sen. Massey. “I look forward to continuing to work with our Knox County delegation and others to ensure our citizens have access to the state services which are available to them.”

Lt. Gov. McNally said, “Tennessee’s balanced budget meets the needs of our state and our region. I was proud to work with Senators Briggs and Massey to ensure Knox County has access to all the resources it requires.”

Published October 2, 2018

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