The budget was passed during a March 6 meeting.
Before the newly elected commissioner took office, one of the key issues he planned to address was the county’s budget.
“That was a big goal of my staff and me,” Steve Taylor said. “We’ve been trimming costs as much as possible and are still able to provide the necessary services our citizens need.”
Taylor said it has been a difficult process, but department heads and Jo Taylor played a major role in helping refine the budget.
“All the department heads are on board to make sure there is no waste involved in their departments,” Taylor said. “Times are hard right now and revenues are down – that’s the tough part. We’ve cut our expenses a lot but the loss in revenues is what’s tough on the budget right now.”
Taylor said ad valorem taxes will be down “quite a bit” and sales tax revenues are down as well.
“That’s the major challenge we have right now,” Taylor said. “It’s on the revenue side more so than the spending side. There’s a lot about revenues that we just can’t do much about.”
He said in addition to a tight budget, county employees also will continue furlough days through the year as they have in the past.
Taylor said he is working to make furloughs a thing of the past.
“It remains my goal to someday eliminate furloughs, but it’s just not possible within this budget,” Taylor said. “We’ll have to look at that again next year.”
The total budget sits just under $105 million with about $61 million in the general fund.
Chief Financial Officer Jo Taylor said the budget is “pretty much the same” as last year’s budget with the main difference being the decrease in the general fund by about $342,000.
Jo Taylor said the overall budget, however is up slightly.