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Budget outlook bleak

Friday, January 31, 2003

BENTON - Spending will outpace revenue in the coming year for Scott County if actual figures come in like budget estimates.

Scott County commissioners adopted the county's 2003 budget during their regular meeting Thursday.

The county's 2003 budget estimates $3,566,385 in revenue and $4,703,940 in expenditures for the general revenue fund; $1,244,267 in revenue and $1,569,359 in expenditures for the road and bridge fund; $353,000 in revenue and $352,950 in expenditures for the assessment fund; and $3,491,000 in revenue and $3,491,090 in expenditures for the law enforcement fund.

Last year, the general revenue fund had $3,370,262 in actual revenues and $3,096,798 in actual expenditures; the road and bridge fund had $1,264,449 in actual revenue and $1,169,045 in actual expenditures; the assessment fund had $303,741 in actual revenue and $324,507 in actual expenditures; and the law enforcement fund had $2,898,365 in actual revenue and $2,898,608 in actual expenditures.

In the budget message, County Clerk Rita Milam as budget officer explains the existing $1,159,805 balance in the general revenue fund will be used to meet general revenue expenditures for the coming year including a $2,000,000 transfer to the law enforcement fund and $63,000 transfer to the assessment fund to meet estimated expenditures in those funds.

Funds have also been appropriated for capital improvements in the courthouse.

The budget projects sales tax revenue of $1,480,000 for the law enforcement fund. The law enforcement fund includes $1,100,000 for jail and sheriff's office employee salaries and $200,000 for housing prisoners in outside facilities until the new jail opens. Milam notes in her budget message that $634,630 was spent on housing prisoners in 2002, up from $566,196 in 2001, $269,744 in 2000, and $68,938 in 1999.

A carryover of $396,717 from 2002 will be used to meet estimated expenditures in the road and bridge fund.

In the assessment fund, Milam noted the state lowered the amount of reimbursement per parcel during the 2002 budget year causing a decrease in actual revenues for the year. A transfer of $10,800 was needed to meet approved 2002 expenditures. A transfer of $63,600 from general revenue will be made to meet the fund's 2003 estimated expenditures.

Milam ended her budget message by noting that the county commission reviewed spending and collections in 2002 to compare with 2003 requests, and elected officials and their staffs have "again done their part in performing duties at the lowest possible cost."