County approves tentative millage and budget

Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

Abbott suggested using budget Projection 40, which included the Human Recourse Department and include the positions for the IT Department and Administrative Assistant and designated it Projection 50.

Abbott made the motion to adopt Projection 50, which failed with a vote of 3 to 2, with Commissioners Lynn Gothard, Bush and Brock voting “no.”

“I don’t know if the public knows it but the county has over $7 million in debt, which I think are maybe bad choices from previous commissioners and previous commission boards have spent and spent and spent,” said Gothard. “They’ve almost spent this county to just about nothing. The budget we propose we’ve advertised for Projection 20 uses every bit of revenue we have coming in and an additional $212,900 to balance and as I’ve said in previous commission meetings, you don’t need to be taking out of savings to pay your monthly bills and that’s exactly what that is.”

Gothard motioned to approve Projection 20 to balance the budget at $23,070,325 and it was approved with a vote of 3 to 2 with Abbott and Pate voting “no.”

“I want people to know that not only do we have less money coming in this year, the amount that we have coming in and the amount that we have going out is a difference of about $800,000,” said Bush. “So we have worked to try to balance that $800,000. It’s just not a perfect world.”

The final budget hearing is set for 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Washington County Annex.

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