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Fiscal court projects 10 percent decrease in revenue

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Fiscal Court is projecting a $1.4 million revenue decrease for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The county is projecting it will receive $12.1 million in revenue during 2009-10 fiscal year. This is a 10 percent decrease when compared to nearly $13.5 million it has received through June 15 of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The final figures for the 2008-09 budget are not yet official, but with the fiscal year ending June 30, the year-to-date figures will be close to the final figures, according to Marion County Treasurer Kevin Cochran.

The magistrates approved the second reading of the county's 2009-10 budget during its regular meeting June 18. Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present for last week's meeting.

In the general fund, the county has received nearly $7.2 million during the current fiscal year, although the 2009-10 projected budget shows a decrease in general fund receipts to nearly $5.4 million.

The county has received more than $1.5 million in the road fund during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and the 2009-10 budget projects an increase in the road fund receipts to close to $1.8 million.

The county has received more than $3.3 million in receipts for the Marion County Detention Center in 2008-09, and the county is projecting an increase in revenue in this fund to nearly $3.6 million in 2009-10.

The detention center has been self-sufficient for several years. The county has not spent any tax revenues for the detention center since December of 2003.

Marion County Fiscal Court budget comparison                                      2008-09          2008-09          2009-10                                    projected        YTD *               projected   Resources ** General fund            5,957,400      7,158,115        5,392,444      Road fund                 1,667,900      1,521,896        1,777,400 Detention Center     3,716,800      3,310,557        3,588,800 LGEA fund                 255,000         258,525           310,000 Homeland Security  243,895         229,474           0 EMS                            1,045,900      975,075          1,048,100 Slavin                          26,000           26,000             26,000   TOTAL     RESOURCES           12,912,895     13,479,642     12,142,744   Appropriations     General fund          5,957,400          3,920,045          5,392,444 Road fund               1,667,900          1,481,151          1,777,400 Detention Center     3,716,800        3,105,945          3,588,800 LGEA fund               255,000             0                          310,000

Homeland Security 243,895           195,209               0

EMS                  1,045,900          946,987                      1,048,100 Slavin               26,000                0                                   26,000   TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS  12,912,895      9,649,337      12,142,744   Fund balances (at the end of 2008-09) General fund          2,124,355 Road fund               266,832 Detention Center    610,855 LGEA fund               255,000 Homeland Security 48,686 EMS                           98,913 Slavin                         26,000   * The 2008-09 YTD figures are updated as of June 15.

** Includes receipts and prior year carryover.