By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – The Paulding County commissioners have approved appropriations for the 2018 General Fund.

The General Fund appropriations for the new year total $6,559,792, a 6.18 percent increase over the 2018 figure of $6,177,734.50.

Budgets that are seeing a hike in 2019 include the Auditor, up 12.14 percent; Juvenile Court, up 12.05 percent; and Bureau of Inspection, up 8.69 percent.

Three new funds account for $274,000 of the appropriations. They include IT Services, $136,000; Antwerp SRO [School Resource Officer], $68,979.34; and Wayne Trace SRO, $68,979.34.

Several funds, such as Common Pleas Court, Clerk of Courts and County Court, are unchanged from last year. Others, such as Sheriff, have nominal increases.

General Fund Budget projections (with 2018 figures in parenthesis) include:

Commissioners, $307,369 ($293,398); County Auditor, $213,033 ($189,967); County Treasurer, $136,774 ($135,586); County Prosecutor, $388,717 ($373,250);

Bureau of Inspection $62,500 ($57,500); Court of Common Pleas, $171,386 ($171,386); Juvenile Court, $198,317 ($176,979); Probate Court, $68,039 ($67,039);

Clerk of Courts, $132,214 ($132,214); Coroner, $64,305 ($64,305); County Court, $307,750 ($307,750); Election Board, $185,000 ($205,062);

Commissioners’ Building and Grounds, $387,000 ($387,000); Sheriff, $1,960,250 ($1,952,391); County Recorder, $146,056 ($146,056); Health and Welfare, $15,000 ($10,000);

Insurance, $330,287 ($330,287); Soldier’s Relief, $234,465.99 ($233,465.99); Engineer, $48,276 ($32,004.51); Insurance Loss/Control, $337,611 ($337,611);

Commissioners’ Misc., $161,563 ($161,563); Court of Appeals, $6,500 ($6,500); General Fund Transfers, $380,420 ($375,420) and General Fund Settlement Fees, $43,000 ($31,000);

IT Services, $136,000 ($0 in 2018); Antwerp SRO, $68,979.34 ($0); and Wayne Trace SRO, $68,979.34 ($0).