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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery County Commission passed its new budget Monday. The $96.3 million plan is about $1.3 million more than the current budget.

Approximately 1/3, or $32 million, goes toward public safety. Another $11 million is slated for highways and roads and $2.4 million will go toward education. The budget also allows for three merit raises.     

County commissioners say they're proud of the budget they've been able to maintain during difficult times.

"One of our proudest things during these tough economic times, we did not talk about furloughs, we did not talk about laying off people," said Commissioner Chairman Elton Dean. "That's what makes us proud that we were able to let everybody keep their job. Now we had a hiring freeze that proved to be successful."

Under the new budget, county departments and agencies will get about the same amount of money as in the current spending plan.

Here's a breakdown of the budget with a comparison to last year:

Appropriation 2012-13 2013-14
General Government $34,729,197 $35,388,558
Public Safety $32,453,494 $32,595,611
Highways/Roads $11,517,708 $11,880,686
Education $2,450,396 $2,473,889
Debt Service $7,610,500 $7,614,622
Culture/Recreation $4,215,389 $4,405,847
Welfare $668,862 $524,469
Health $1,233,527 $1,373,232
TOTALS $94,897,073 $96,256,914

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