The Marion County Board of Supervisors held a marathon meeting today to discuss the new budget. 

The meeting, which opened at 8:30 a.m., did not adjourn until after 3 p.m. Within that time, the board heard preliminary budget proposals from Public Health, Environmental Health, the Secondary Road Department and the County Attorney's Office. Board Chairman Sam Nichols reports that the proposals made for these departments were fair representations of their realization of the state of the economy and the county's financial outlook. 

For the first two hours of the meeting, the board, including newcomer Craig Agan, were briefed by County Auditor Jake Grandia regarding levies, funds and other budgeting principles. The board also discussed their comfort zone regarding fund balances and how much each fund should have. Overall, the supervisors said the long meeting provided a great deal of good discussion. 

The board is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 a.m. More budget proposals are expected to be received that day, and through subsequent meetings throughout next week. 

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