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County passes 2013 budget

Friday, January 25, 2013

SUBMITTED photo County Clerk Joe Watson, above, stands at the counter in the clerk's office in the Government Building. Watson worked on the budget that was approved by the commission this week, with the help of commission members. It was the first budget prepared by the county in a number of years without the assistance of former Commissioner Frank Sifford, who recently retired.
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - Following a budget hearing Monday morning, the Stoddard County Commission approved a 2013 budget showing $7,626.775 in revenues with $7,594,404.43 in expenditures. The budget showed a carryover from 2012 of $2,883,816.05.

There were few questions at the hearing. The budget was prepared by County Clerk Joe Watson, based on the previous year's revenues and expenses.

Public Administrator Pam Lape was at the hearing to request the employment of two full-time employees. She made the same request last year, and the commission made one position full-time while leaving the other at part-time. The commission increased the hours of the full-time employee to 40 hours per week, while leaving the other position at part-time. The total budget for the public administrator's office in 2013 was approved at $100,964.41.

The only other request at the public hearing was a request by Glenda Bates in County Archives for the employment of a full-time employee. The commission left the budget at two part-time employees. The budgeted expenditures for Archives is $36,400.

Many offices and divisions have multiple revenue and expense categories, but budgeted expenditures for 2013 in the major offices coming from the county general budget are:

Sheriff - $1,085,252.47; Road and Bridges - $986,000; Employee Benefits - $773,000; Assessor - $387,342; Building and Grounds, $273,262.84; Public Administrator - $100,964.41; Juvenile Office - $206,452; Treasurer/Collector - $205,488.16; Recorder - $141,070.72; Prosecuting Attorney - $137,504.44; Commission - $98,400; County Clerk - $93,386 and Election costs, $162,106.92; Coroner - $45,070; Emergency Management - $33,350, Health and Welfare, $7,500; Other Expenses, $250,161*; Consolidated Courts (Div. 2-3), $86,500; Court Reporter, $1,900; Court Administration (Div. 1), $9,500; Child Support, $48,570; Juvenile Services (Detention), $214,512; and Building and Construction and Improvements, $30,000.

The biggest source of income to the county is from a one-cent sales tax. The tax is budgeted to produce $2,680,000 in revenue. The second highest source of revenue to the county is $1,846,00 in road and bridge funds. Fees charged by the county are budgeted to provide $812,250. There are several other smaller income producers including state grants, licenses and permits.

The 2013 budget passed by the commission is very comparable to the budget in 2012. Last year the commission approved a budget showing revenues of $7,623,615 and expenditures of $7,529,134.97.

*Other services include funding for Missouri Extension Council, Soil and Conservation, public defender expense, surveying, insurance and bonds, an audit and other miscellaneous fees and expenses.)

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That's better than our Congress can do...good job Stoddard County.

-- Posted by BonScott on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 6:43 PM

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