If all goes according to a draft budget for the coming fiscal year, Clark County Fiscal Court will realize a surplus of $134,582.
Clark County commissioners began the 2012-13 budget process with a workshop Monday morning. Judge-Executive Henry Branham went through a 18-page budget draft. Receipts are projected at $16.05 million, and expenses $15.91 million.
The workshop was the first of two scheduled this week where commissioners also will get input from county departments and agencies. The second workshop was scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse.
“As you can see there, we were projecting a surplus,” Branham said. “I don’t want to call it a surplus ... our revenues will exceed our expenses.”
According to state law, the overall budget must be presented to Fiscal Court by May 1, and the court must adopt a budget on second reading by July 1.
The county has five accounts: the general fund, road fund, jail fund, Local Government Economic Assistance fund and special reserve fund.
The general fund is projected to have a $1.19 million surplus at the end of next year, with receipts at $12.87 million and expenses at $11.68 million.
The jail fund is projected to have a $1.06 million deficit. Branham presented the court with the 2013 jail budget during its last regular meeting. The county would have to make up that deficit from its general fund, and that amount is included in the general fund’s projected numbers.
The road fund is projected to have a $3,454 surplus, with receipts at $2.07 million.
The LGEA and special reserve funds are projected to be balanced.
Branham said the draft projects a worst-case scenario.
“If we go through this spending plan, if we spend everything and take in everything like we’d budgeted and planned, we’re only going to have $134,000 left,” he said. “Now obviously, I¿think that things are going to change.”
What commissioners do during this time of the year, Branham said, is start looking at areas where they can make cuts and “try to hold off on expenses.”
“But any time you put a spending plan out there, you know, you’ve got to give your worst-case scenario. And worst-case scenario is that between the road department and the general fund, that we could end up with $134,000 at the end of next year,” he said.
The Fiscal Court’s “profit,” Branham said, “is the services we provide to our citizens.”
Commissioner Vanessa Rogers said she didn’t know what services the county could cut.
“And the citizens are actually already paying for those services through their taxes, so they’re just getting what they pay for, right?” added Commissioner JoEllen Reed.
Two more budget workshops are scheduled for next week on Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse.
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