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The Linn County Commissioners recently approved the budget for the current fiscal year for Linn County. The county is operating in the black, which should be a comforting bit of information for many in the area.
In looking at the five-page summary that describes the county budget, the total revenues for Linn County in 2017 are projected to be $7,960,521.42. This is the grand total of all money that is coming into the county to be spent.
The total expenditures are projected to come in at $6,700,311. This leaves Linn County with a surplus of $1,260,210.42. This meets the Missouri Constitution’s requirement for a balanced budget, and adds to the reserves in the county. Again, please remember that all figures mentioned here are projected numbers, not real numbers.
In taking a moment to look at the 2016 totals, the county is anticipating a smaller revenue stream. The county projected $8,698,745.19 in revenues for the previous year, which makes for $738,223.77 less revenue for the new year.
Looking at expenditures from last year, the county is spending more this year. The 2016 expenditures came in at $5,274,472.70, which means that spending went up by $1,425,838.30.
The largest increases came in the following areas: Road and Bridge Special Fund +$399,345.35, County Commission +$71,185.06, Buildings and Grounds +$119,873.35, and Jail +$41,999.69. Several departments came in with more than $20,000 increases in budgets. These departments are: Employee Fringe Benefits (insurance), Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, and Juvenile Officer.
Presiding Commissioner Dick King explained two of the largest expenditure increases, the buildings and grounds fund, as well as the jail fund.
“In the courtroom and on the third floor, there was a false ceiling, and an air conditioner was installed above that,” explained King. “So we’re going to have to spend a lot of money to fix that, and move that air conditioner. We’ve been working for two years on this. The judge wants to take the courtroom back to original, but that’s going to be expensive.”
King continued: “This project is going to go on for a couple of years, and we want to do it without having to shut down the court. As for the money added into the jail, we don’t want to go over budget, and are transporting a lot more prisoners now, than in the past.”
The lone decrease came in Elections, with a savings of $8296.30 for the taxpayers.