Commissioners forgo increase

The county board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to forgo an increase in the general fund allocation for its operations, after learning that conservative spending in previous years had kept its account in a healthy and balanced condition. That means the general fund allocation for the commissioners’ office will remain at $379,786.

It was the first meeting for Commissioner Stan Primozich, just elected in November.

In a report distributed to commissioners earlier this week, Assistant County Administrator Chuck Vesper recommended 2 percent increases for most elements of county government, including the commissioners’ office. However, he omitted the sheriff’s and assessor’s offices from that, along with the sheriff’s county jail operation, because they are projecting ample beginning fund balances as of the July 1 start of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The board is scheduled to spend March 30, March 31 and April 1 reviewing department budgets. The budget committee is slated to conduct its reviews May 4-6.

Each department is required to develop a balanced budget, based on its allotted general fund resources and any other resources, including carryover funds from the previous year and established reserves.

The News-Register has requested a copy of the report, which was not made available at the meeting.

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