The Benton-Franklin Health District’s budget for 2015 includes no major program cuts or layoffs.
The $9.47 million spending plan — approved Wednesday by the bicounty board of health — adds the equivalent of little more than two full-time positions as part of an expansion of the Nurse Family Partnership program into Benton County.
The program, which operates in Franklin County, sends nurse home visitors to work with low-income first-time mothers. Money from a 0.3 percent public safety sales tax approved by Benton County voters in August is paying for the expansion.
Apart from the program expansion, the 2015 budget was described as status quo. It includes about 89 full-time equivalent staff positions.
The health board adopted the budget in a unanimous vote Wednesday, with Benton County Commissioner Shon Small absent. The board is comprised of the county commissioners from Benton and Franklin counties.