Thursday, September 18, 2014

County OKs budget amendments

By The Herald Staff | 12/18/2013

Amendments to three 2013 Franklin County budgets were passed Wednesday morning at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

The first amendment was to the Centropolis sewer district fund, which was to adjust the expenditure authority for the purchase of pumps for the sewer district, according to county documents.

Amendments to three 2013 Franklin County budgets were passed Wednesday morning at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

The first amendment was to the Centropolis sewer district fund, which was to adjust the expenditure authority for the purchase of pumps for the sewer district, according to county documents.

The county was forced to spend more than what was budgeted for 2013 for the sewer district in July when it had to purchase two new sewer pumps. Since the tax on the sewer district is collected on an as-use basis of the sewer system, lack of growth in Centropolis was to blame for not enough funding in the budget, Larry Walrod, Franklin County building and planning director, said previously.

Since the county was forced to spend more than what was budgeted for, the total expenditures for 2013 was $52,800 instead of the budgeted $40,519, according to county documents.

The second amendment was to the County Wide Phone Fund to increase the budget authority for expenditures for phones and equipment for phone replacement for district court, county documents said.

The district court and courthouse previously were on a different system than the rest of the county departments, Colton Waymire, Franklin County commissioner, said. The district court and courthouse were supposed to be moved to the same phone system as the rest of the county departments in 2012, but the move didn’t happen until 2013, he said.

The adopted expenditures for the County Wide Phone Fund was $30,000, but was amended to $90,000, according to county documents.

A better economy is to thank for the third budget amendment for the Hospital Sales Tax Fund, Waymire said. The amendment was a good thing as it means Franklin Countians were spending more than what was expected.

A fraction of the sales tax in Franklin County goes to Ransom Memorial Hospital, he said. Since more money was spent in the county, more money was given to the hospital, which was cause for amending the expenditures previously budgeted.

The $1,700,000 budgeted for the Hospital Sales Tax Fund expenditures was amended to $1,800,000, county documents said.

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