County Budget

Budget Process

One of the most important responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners is to appropriate funds for the operation of County departments.  This is done through the annual budget, which also fixes the tax rate that will be levied on real property for the support of County services.

Ellis County’s fiscal year is the same as the calendar year (January 1 – December 31).  Pursuant to state law, the budget must be adopted no later than August 25 preceding the January 1 start date.  To prepare a budget for adoption by mid-August, the process begins in the spring prior to the beginning of the year.
The County Administrator works with all County departments to prepare budget request and submits a budget proposal to the Board of County Commissioners, which then reviews the proposal and conducts at least one public hearing.

Current-Year Budget 

A high quality image of the County's budget for 2017, suitable for color printing, is available here. Please note this is a large file (5 mb). A quick graph is available here.

Next Year’s Budget

The Board of County Commissioners adopted a budget for 2018 on August 7, 2017. Budget numbers are available here. A final budget document will be posted in December.

Past Years’ Budget

Budgets for 2011 through 2016 are available in the Document Center of this website.

See How the Taxes You Pay Fund County Services

Ellis County provides a service called "Taxpayer Receipt" that lets you estimate how much you pay in residential and vehicle taxes and how that money gets distributed across County services.

Have More Questions?

If you have questions about the County budget, email Phillip Smith-Hanes or call (785) 628-9410.