By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Payne County Budget Board adopted a budget Monday for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and concludes June 30, 2014.
The budget did not include raises or any salary step or grade changes for county employees. Typically, the Budget Board waits for more solid revenue numbers in October before approving wage changes.
Preliminary county revenue numbers show total general fund revenues at $15.69 million. Revenues are broken into four categories. They are:
• $6.17 million from ad valorem (property) taxes.
• $3.67 million from use restricted sales tax collections.
• $1 million in miscellaneous revenue from fees, licenses, permits and penalties.
• $4.83 million in revenue collected, but not spent in the current fiscal year.
County revenues are projection based on nine month of data and estimates for three months, the county’s Certified Public Accountant Steven Cundiff said.
“It’s a lot of guesswork,” he said.
The state recommends counties carry 10 percent of their budget forward from the previous budget year, Cundiff said. Payne County officials have carried at least 20 percent forward since the 2012 fiscal year.
The health department increased salaries to $1.2 million because the state is adding a health education position and a nursing position. The department received a $2.56 million in capitol expenses to acquire land for a parking lot and build a temperature controlled storage building for health supplies, Health Department Administrative Assistant Lisa Cundiff said.
Payne County Fairboard expenses increased slightly. The maintenance and operations budget was increased $10,000 to $300,000. The Fairboard will carry $786,000 forward for fairground’s restoration projects, Expo Center Manager Michael Benson said.
Other county offices sought increases of less than $10,000, level spending or slightly lower expenses.