Commissioners To Consider Budget Tonight, Public Hearing Before Vote

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The Board of County Commissioners of Sweetwater County will reconvene tonight at 5:30 p.m. to host a public hearing and to vote on the budget for this fiscal year.

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The Commission met this morning at the Commissioner’s Chambers located at the courthouse in Green River. In order to provide the public more access to the public hearing, the meeting will reconvene at the same location at 5:30 p.m.

In the proposed budget, the county’s general fund budget projects a revenue decrease of 5.27% compared to last year. The proposed revenues excluding grants for this fiscal year includes a general fund of $40,502,004 compared to $42,755,931 last fiscal year.

*Note* The proposed budget continues to change and numbers represented in this article may change with budget amendments and other alterations to the budget for tonight’s meeting. These numbers are from documents dated 6/20/17.

The proposed budget calls for a cut in total expenditures by about 8.86% with cuts to departments by about 9.37%, component units by around 8.29%, and outside agencies by about 6.27%.

The budget pulls about $12.1 million from reserves for the Justice Center. The Justice Center has been planned and budgeted for several years.

In addition, a total of $1,002,384 will be pulled from the reserves for the county’s Voluntary Separation Program.

Over $1 million in leftover funds from the previous year’s budget will be added to reserves as well.

This is anticipated to leave between $37 million and $38 million in the county’s reserves at the end of the fiscal year.