March 13, 2015
Monday night the BOC will be discussing the following:
- Sheriff Vehicle Financing Options
- County-Wide Vehicle & Equipment Inventory
- Fire – Engine 6 Repairs
- Recreation – Topo Survey, Construction Plans for Ball Field Additions
- Recreation – Architecture Services, Gym Design
- Recreation – Equipment Purchases
- Recreation – Lighting Modifications
At the last BOC meeting, Mike Benton (Financial Director) assured the commissioners that money was coming in for SPLOST and was right on target. In February Karen Degges (County Manager) told the commissioners there would be $600,000+ in surplus money from the 6/30/14 fiscal year. So it appears that the BOC is willing to spend money, when they don’t really know if they have any or not.
It seems so strange that other counties with industry and retail are having budget shortfalls, but Jasper County is humming right along and has plenty of money to spend. How does that work? Without an audit, no one can be sure.
NEWTON COUNTY REVENUES FALL SHORT OF SPENDING
Posted March 11, 2015–Covington News
County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county’s General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.
For the past two years, the county’s expenditures tracked closely with budgeted amounts, but revenues fell short, Garret said.
Butts County Commissioners to shake up government
Tuesday, March 10, 2015– Jackson Progress-Argus
McDaniel said the shakeup is being launched as officials prepare for financial uncertainty on several fronts. A statewide transportation plan designed to raise $1 billion could, due to changes in local taxes collected on fuel sales, mean as much as $900,000 a year in lost sales tax revenues for Butts County. The plan is still pending approval by the Georgia General Assembly. McDaniel said changes implemented in recent years in vehicle ad valorem taxes, officials have been told, could mean a deficit of $325,000 by June 30 this year if collection trends continue.
What Jasper County needs and what Jasper County wants and can afford are not the always the same. Jasper County citizens will either be incurring more debt or higher taxes or both.
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