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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Budgets vs. Revenues

THE GUARDIAN noted wthe great interest the budget and revenue meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM Monday morning. Does this mean the Commishes are actually going to take a look at what they budgeted last August against what is actually happening with revenue streams? (We can all live in hope this is the case.)

The Developmental Services Department projected a user fee revenue stream of nearly $80k per month last August. The sad truth is fees have been less than $20k/month of late. Other county functions tied to the real estate market bust can't be in much better shape. All we can hope for is our Elected Officials take a proactive approach to this issue and deal with it before they go broke.

We had a blow-up deal a while back with the County Treasurer because the Commishes could not understand the difference between having stuff budgeted and the money not actually there to spend. They forgot it has to be collected and in the bank before it can get spent.

Let's give them the benefit of the above hindsight and hope they deal with any budget shortfalls early on in the government process of managing their revenue streams.

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