FARMINGTON — Franklin County has finalized a $6.1 million 2016-2017 fiscal year budget, after the county’s budget advisory committee made two final adjustments last week.

The total is made up of a $4,214,984 county budget and a $1,891,048 budget for the Franklin County Jail.

Commissioners at their meeting on Monday voted to set the 2016-201 tax rate at $1.17 per $1,000 worth of property, the same tax rate as last year, County Clerk Jule Magoon said.

After revenue is factored into the budget, the county’s assessed total is $5,273,221. With the tax rate staying the same as last year’s, the county have a $25,943 overlay. If the overlay goes unused, it will go back into the county’s surplus.

At its meeting last week, the budget advisory committee voted to cut $8,000 from social program grants that were increased by county commissioners at their June 30 meeting.

The budget advisory committee, made up of local selectmen, cut a $5,000 program grant to Tri-County Mental Health. They also voted to cut $3,000 from a program grant to Western Maine Community Action, funding the program at $30,000.

Commissioners on Monday also voted 2-1 to implement a 2 percent cost of living pay increase for the county’s non-union employees. The pay increase was cut from the budget at the budget committee’s June 22 meeting.

Magoon said commissioners were able to find the approximately $25,000 needed for the increase by taking it from the salary line of each department. She said departments rarely deplete their operating budgets, so there should be enough leeway for the increase.

However, if the accounts are overdrawn, they will use the county’s surplus to make up the difference.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate

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