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County approves year-end budget changes

Thursday, January 3, 2013

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - The Stoddard County Commission approved seven amendments to the 2012 budget as recommended by County Clerk Joe Watson at its regular meeting Monday at the Government Building. The commission routinely amends the budget at the end of the year to account for special expenditures or areas of the budget where expenses were higher than budgeted. Watson noted that the county had expended only 89 percent of the amount budgeted overall, which means there will be a carryover of $803,825.28.

The following budget amendments were approved:

* Additional expenditures of $54,399.24 in Capital Improvements. Watson said the additional money was spent to replace a RTU in the Justice Center and for the electrical improvements at the jail.

* Additional expenditures of $106,737.63 in Court Costs. Watson said the court costs were higher than budgeted due to higher court receipts, and that the additional expenses were offset by the revenues.

* Additional expenditures of $21,758.73 in General Schools. Again the amount was offset by higher revenues from fines and forfeitures than anticipated.

* Additional expenditures of $20,456.44 for Miscellaneous. Watson said the funds were paid to the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission for a grant application that was reimbursed to the county.

* Additional expenditures of $34,265.70 in Collector Maintenance. This money came from the collector's office and was used to purchase equipment in the recorder's office and for the GIS system in the assessor's office. Watson said the county should be grateful to Collector Carla Knowles Moore who was willing to provide the money for improvements in the other county offices.

* Additional expenditures of $6,054.34 in Commercial Property Surcharges. Revenue was higher than anticipated which offset the additional costs, Watson said.

* Additional expenditures of $854 in the PA Delinquent Tax Fund. Watson told the commission the extra money was used to purchase shelving for document storage in the prosecutor's office.

In other business, Commissioner Frank Sifford asked Watson whether the payments had been made for Worker's Compensation. Watson said the county received a bill for Worker's Comp insurance in December, but had until January to make the payment. He said the county had traditionally paid the bill in January so that two payments were not recorded in the same year. Sifford said he just wanted to check on it to make sure the payment was made. He noted that there was an increase from just over $30,000 to $38,000 due to claims in the past year.

Stoddard County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Executive Director Julius Steiner was at the meeting to thank Sifford for his years of service to the county. It was Sifford's last meeting as he is retiring. Steiner said Sifford was instrumental in getting the landfill tipping fees passed in 1994, which provided the funds to establish the IDA in Stoddard County. He told the commission the IDA had given over $2 million to the community in the way of grants since it was created, and that did not take into account the money provided in loans.

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