CHARLESTON -- Barring another natural disaster, several Mississippi County funds will have have much smaller figures in the revenue column this year.
Commissioners reviewed year-end balances for the county's major funds during a public hearing for the county's 2012 operating budget during Thursday's regular County Commission meeting.
With $1.87 million in expenditures and $1.78 million in revenue, the county's general revenue fund ended 2011 with nearly $82,000 less that it started out with. The fund began this year with a balance of $729,472.
Revenue for the road and bridge fund in 2011, a total of $2.3 million, was significantly higher than normal as nearly all Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements for the spring flooding disaster went to this fund: $1,364,864.
"That's money you can not count on this year," County Clerk Junior DeLay said. "You won't be seeing any FEMA money this year -- hopefully."
The fund also ended with over $980,000 more than it started with as there is still unspent FEMA money to be used on disaster recovery projects. Expenditures in the fund as of Dec. 31 totaled $1.3 million. The fund began 2011 with $505,839.
The law enforcement fund started 2011 with $103,177 and ended the year with $43,299.
DeLay noted that fund's revenues in 2011 of $2.3 million included a transfer of $520,000 from general revenue and 13 months of payments from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for holding federal detainees instead of 12 months.
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