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Projected revenues, expenditures are on target

Thursday, July 5, 2007

BENTON -- Scott County's fund balances appear to be where they should be after the first half of the year.

Scott County Commissioners reviewed preliminary figures for fund balances, revenues and expenditures for the first two quarters of the year during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The six-month point is a good time to see how projected revenues and budgeted expenditures are matching up with actual revenues and expenditures, Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said.

Burger said actual figures for the first six months won't be ready until July 10, however, when payroll taxes are sent in and all the fees from county offices and other revenue for that period are collected.

At this point it appears as if the road and bridge fund, which he said always concerns him, may be a little lower now that it was last year at this time.

"But I attribute that to being ahead of our blacktop schedule," Burger said. "We're probably about three weeks ahead on our work."

In other business Tuesday, Rocky Everett, district manager for PCS Drug Screening of Cape Girardeau, and Gerald Jones, a consultant for the company, presented commissioners with information on their random drug testing services.

Jones said formulating the county's random drug testing policy is very important and something PCS company can assist with as they have experience drafting policies that pass legal reviews.

"Whether you use us or not we would be available to help you with that," he said.

Jones said if PCS is awarded the contract, the company would become the third-party administrator. "We manage the program for you," he said.

And it is important to hire a program manager, Jones said, not just a sample collection service.

Burger said that sounds good as "we don't want any part of any of that. ... I don't want any involvement whatsoever."

"You're right -- we can not be involved," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said.

Jones also discussed advising employees that a drug testing program is not punitive but is to protect them.

Burger said it is important that the county remains "a drug-free workplace."