Magistrates heard the first reading of Carroll County's $10.8 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year during a special meeting Friday.

The budget increased by about $9,500 from last year, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said after the meeting, but the increase is consistent with other budget increases over past years.

The 2013-2014 budget includes a 3 percent pay increase for all county employees, as well as a 1.74 percent salary increase for elected officials.

The county's insurance costs also increased for the upcoming year, Tomlinson said. The increases stem from reassessments of the county's buildings.

"They found a lot of the buildings were underinsured" for today's replacement rates, Tomlinson said. "They just didn't have it assessed enough."

Natural disasters over the past few years brought the need for reassessments to the attention of insurance companies as towns destroyed by tornadoes often had buildings insured, he said, but not to replace everything that had been destroyed.

Several line items included in the 2013-2014 budget show allotments for the cities and fire departments. The budget also includes $10,000 for the Jefferson Community and Technical College, $5,000 for the county's historical society, $20,000 for the county fair board, and funding for the county's annual festivals and celebrations.

The budget shows a decrease of $5,000 for the county's extension office, but that funding will go directly to 4-H programs for area participants, Tomlinson said.

"It really hasn't changed," Tomlinson said of the upcoming fiscal year's budget. "Basically a lot of it is the same."

The budget does include new line items with $3,000 to go toward the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The banquet raises money each year for several scholarships for area students, Tomlinson said.

"We want to be a part of that effort," he said.

The Fiscal Court also allotted $50,000 for the River Walk planned by the City of Carrollton from Fifth Street to Point Park. The money could help with a matching grant should the city receive one for the project, Tomlinson said.

"(Magistrates) seemed very pleased," Tomlinson said of the proposed budget. "We were able to put some back for a rainy day."

The 2013-2014 budget was sent to Kentucky's Department for Local Government following the meeting, Tomlinson said. He hopes to be able to hold the second reading for the 2013-2014 budget during the Fiscal Court's next regularly scheduled meeting on May 14.

In other business:

• Magistrates approved an emergency budget amendment. Tomlinson said money had been directly deposited into a county account, but the money should have been deposited into another account.

"It went to the wrong account," he said. The amendment corrected the error.

• The Fiscal Court also approved a new software program for the county treasurer's office. The Municipal Human Resources software allows the office to reduce time to prepare payroll and other financial statements.

"It was a more updated software," Tomlinson said.