Boyle County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to approve the first reading of a $16 million budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1.
The vote was 6-1 in favor of the proposed spending plan. Magistrate John Hudson voted "no" because of concerns over the appropriations process.
The second reading will be held after the state reviews the budget and gives its approval. In past years, the second reading has been given during the last meeting in June.
The $16,434,195 budget is considerably less than the $20,207,022 budget that has been in effect for the current fiscal year.
County Treasurer Mary Lynn said in an interview this morning the main reason for the big difference is this year's budget includes a $4,126,654 bond issue the court has used to refinance the government services center on the bypass. She said the refinancing has saved the county about $400,000 compared to what it was spending under the original financing plan.