CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's fund balances as of the end of 2005 are for the most part a bit higher than the previous year.
"It wasn't a bad year last year," said County Clerk Junior DeLay. "It wasn't a bad year at all."
Mississippi County commissioners reviewed the statement of changes in fund balances presented by DeLay during the public hearing for the county's 2006 operating budget held during the Commission's regular meeting Thursday.
The county's general revenue fund is up roughly $109,000 from Jan. 1, 2005, according to DeLay, at $703,632.
The road and bridge fund is also up by about $122,000 with an ending balance of about $248,000 after accounting for a last-minute reimbursement from the Off-System Bridge Replacement Program, DeLay said.
The law enforcement sales tax fund balance is only $1,577 higher than the previous year but the fund also required a much smaller transfer from general revenue in 2005 of $370,000.
"The prior year was $622,000," DeLay said.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said the jail did pretty well as far as generating revenue on its own in 2005 bringing in around $2.1 million.
Money from the Missouri Department of Corrections, which reimburses counties for boarding prisoners who are convicted, were up, DeLay said. The county received $336,000 from the DOC when the projected revenue for the 2005 budget was only $180,000.
The jail also received $881,000 for boarding prisoners for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service, when only $800,000 was projected for the 2005 budget.
Commissioners have some concerns, however, that the number of prisoners held for ICE may drop this year due to changes in Homeland Security policies.
Vending and prisoner phone revenue was up considerably as well, according to DeLay, with profits totaling $53,000. "That is more than the other six years combined," he said.
DeLay said he is not yet sure if the county exceeded $500,000 in federal money for 2005 and will be required to have an audit this year.
Budget requests are due Jan. 15, according to DeLay. The county's budget must be approved by Feb. 1.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners approved a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant application for $72,000 following a public hearing.
"The Sheriff's Department wants to apply for three more vehicles," DeLay said.
The grant provides 75 percent of the funding with a 25-percent local match required, according to DeLay.
The department is hoping to purchase SUVs with the grant, he said.
* While county officials need a legal description of a new development's road before accepting the real estate plat, they will assign a E-911 address so the development's first buyer can get an electrical meter put in.
Frank Turnbo requested the real estate plat for his development, Turnbo Farms Development, located off Miller Road north of East Prairie.
The road has a name - Cedar Brook Lane - but needs a legal description.
"And then we'll approve it," Commissioner Martin Lucas said.
Commissioners advised before the county puts red gravel on the road, they will first put snowstone down. "And that makes a base," Lucas said.
* Commissioners are still waiting for County Prosecutor Darren Cann to draft a county ordinance to address trash and junk.
"We need to try to get it worded so we can get something going," Lucas said.