The County Commission announced at its Tuesday, Jan. 29, meeting that the preliminary county budget will be available for public inspection until Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the county clerk's office.
The budget shows an increase in the general revenue from $2,702,636 last year to $2,907,820 for this year -- a $205,184 difference.
Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier said the increase is due in part to having more carryover cash from last year's budget, totaling $417,000.
"When you don't have that carryover cash, you have the deep cuts," Vogelsmeier said.
Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said the budget looked the best it has since he has been in the county commission.
"We were actually able to do a few things this year we hadn't been able to do," Stallings said. "We didn't have to make the deep cuts we had to make in the past three years. We hope that in the next year we will be able to upgrade a few things here in the courthouse."
Residents can purchase a copy of the budget for $20. The commission will have a final hearing Tuesday, Feb. 12, before approving the budget.
Stallings also announced at the meeting that sales tax revenues for the month of January were down by $7,742 compared to last year. In addition, the law enforcement tax was down by $8,012, the courthouse sales tax was down by $5,028 and the County Aid Road Trust (CART) tax was up by $2,754.
Vogelsmeier said it was normal for tax revenue to fluctuate.
"It just bounces up and down," Vogelsmeier said. "Sometimes it depends on when the state turns it over. Maybe next month we will have it higher, which just means that there may be residual revenue from the previous month that the state hadn't processed."
Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie did not attend the meeting as he is in Jefferson City with Bill Sleeper, maintenance supervisor, attending the state surplus sale. Stallings said the state surplus offers the county a chance to buy supplies, such as chairs and tables, at a reduced cost.
Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart thought that Quartz Avenue would open Jan. 29, but later called to say the avenue was not ready yet.
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