A $1.9 million county budget for the coming fiscal year will include a modest expenditure to battle substance abuse disorders on the Vineyard.

The county commission agreed at the last minute to a plan put forward by commissioner Christine Todd to spend $50,000 in collaboration with Island nonprofit organizations.

The overall budget is a decrease of 0.2 per cent from the previous fiscal year.

The largest expenditure in the coming fiscal year is $332,536 to fund the county treasurer’s office, an increase of 9.3 per cent over last year. The elected county treasurer’s salary is $109,600.

The next highest expenditure is for the county commission office. The plan calls for spending $265,357 in fiscal year 2019, a three per cent decrease over the previous year. The appointed county manager’s salary is $106,090.

The six Island towns will be proportionally assessed a total of $491,739, the same amount as last year, to fund county services.

The county commission had created a stabilization or rainy day fund of $250,000 in the new budget plan, but amended it at their meeting last week to $200,000, in order to fund substance abuse disorder programs.

Ms. Todd’s proposal includes $10,000 for recovery coach training support currently underway at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Another $15,000 would be earmarked for prevention programs in schools, while $5,000 would go to public service announcements and $5,000 would go to seminars and educational opportunities for county employees and elected officials exploring solutions to the opioid epidemic.

The remainder of the money, $15,000, would fund part of the cost of a drop-in center.

“A drop-in center is something that is sorely needed here, where people can get treatment referral, perhaps clean needle exchange, maybe increased distribution of naloxone, which is Narcan,” said Ms. Todd.

She estimated the operational cost of a center at $50,000 and suggested the balance of the funds might come from the state.

“I think we need to support any efforts we can to go out and find the best solutions to dealing with this epidemic,” Ms. Todd said. “I feel it is our responsibility as county commissioners to collaborate with our partners on the Island, the health care providers, counseling, schools, local government, town government, law enforcement. I think we have a duty to be part of trying to find a solution to this problem.”

County commissioner Tristan Israel questioned how the money will be administered.

“I reluctantly can’t support this,” he said. “I support the concept. Without understanding how we’re going to administer it . . . it needs to be better defined where the money is going, where it flows in and out, who administers it. Just saying we’re going to vote $50,000 and figure that out later is not the way to go.”

The commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal with Mr. Israel abstaining.

The commission also agreed last week to transfer $35,000 from its reserve fund to pay for storm damage to the Edgartown courthouse. Roof leaks from recent storms damaged the probate court department.

County manager Martina Thornton said insurance will cover interior repairs, but not the exterior of the building. The $35,000 emergency expenditure will cover repairs to exterior bricks and roof drains.