Houston County officials began working on a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
County Administrator Roy Roberts says department heads have submitted budget requests totaling more than 40 million dollars.
That's about 5 million dollars more than last year.
County commissioners will be working over the next few days to establish funding priorities.
They are hoping to provide county employees with a cost of living increase in next year's budget.
Roberts says tax revenues are up about 4 million dollars over last year.