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CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners approved the county's operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday despite protests from the sheriff and his staff.
The budgeted operating deficit for the year works out to $402,403.21 to leave the county with a projected $292,077.29 in reserves to remain in the bank at the end of the year. But if revenue from holding federal immigration detainees does not come in as forecasted the county could be down to less than $100,000 at the end of the year, according to the Commission.
County Clerk Junior DeLay, chief budget officer for the county, opened the public hearing on the budget by reading the budget message.
DeLay said the General Revenue Fund's solvency depends on how much is transferred to the Law Enforcement Fund.
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