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Council gets first glimpse of 2011 budget

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mary Jo Alumbaugh
The Clay County Council took its first look at the proposed 2011 budget during an informal work session Friday.

During the session, in which no action was taken as it was for informational purposes only, Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh outlined the figures regarding the maximum tax levy.

"Right now, there is a total of $3,842,485 in requests within the six levy funds -- General, Reassessment, Health, Aviation, Cumulative Bridge and Cumulative Capital Development," she said.

However, the maximum tax levy the county will be able to receive is $3,392,928, meaning $449,557 would need to be cut from the proposed budget to make it balanced.

"Technically, we are a little better off at this point this year than we were last year," Alumbaugh said. "But, there are other factors in the upcoming years that we have to plan ahead for as well."

One of these factors is the possibility of the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT) dropping.

"The county is anticipated to receive 8 percent less in CAGIT funding in 2011," she told the council. "This is the lowest reduction of any community. Some are expecting to receive 34 percent less next year, which is something that could happen to us going into 2012, depending on the state of the economy."

Another factor that may hurt the county in the next few years is the temporary lack of levy funds going into the Reassessment Fund.

"According to legislation, this will be the last year that Reassessment will receive tax levy until 2014, when the next round is supposed to start," Alumbaugh said. "This means what cushion is in the Reassessment Fund will have to cover everything in that fund until then."

Although the county had built up a fairly healthy Rainy Day Fund, council members consider it to be off limits for the 2011 budget.

"In my mind, the Rainy Day Fund is untouchable," Council President Mike McCullough said. "We have to use about $700,000 to fund this year's budget, and while there should still be another $700,000-$800,000 left at the end of the year, we have $400,000 of it earmarked for the (John) Lovett trial, which is still pending."

With budget issues coming into 2010, the council was only able to build in a $100,000 operating balance, but are hoping that after all the possible cuts, potentially opening up 2011 with an operating balance in the General Fund of $500,000.

One thing that could help make this happen is the Public Safety Local Option Income Tax -- which is part of the overall CAGIT -- that the county received $672,000 in funding this year.

"Our intent is to use the Public Safety LOIT as replacement funding to reduce some of the burden on the General Fund," McCullough said.

The 2011 County Budget Hearings begin at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Commissioners' Court at the Clay County Courthouse, and runs through Thursday, Sept. 9.

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, and the budget hearings, the council will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m., Sept. 7, at the same location.

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Too bad we can't build a gallos on the court house lawn and have a hanging for Mr Lovett. It is the punishment he deserves and according to this story would save the rest of us $400,000

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 9:18 AM

jddriver....are you privy to evidence that no one else is? How did this come to be? Should all individuals, rightly or wrongly accused, be presumed guilty and subject to swift and immediate punishment without being able to defend themselves just because of appearance sake or because of biased opinions formed due to familial or friendly relationships?

In our judicial system all accused are and must be presumed innocent and the prosecutors must prove beyond guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. With Brazil being a relatively small community, I find it hard to believe an unbiased jury will be sat.

I am by no means a bleeding heart liberal....actually quite the opposite. However, I am firm believer that our judicial system is the best this world has to offer. I believe John is innocent (I do not believe he possesses the intelligence to commit this crime and dupe law enforcement officials for nearly two decades). However, he has been accused and indicted, and must defend himself, which is his constitutional right.

-- Posted by madman36 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:06 AM

Madman, you obviously do not know anything about the case or you would not believe he is innocent. If you only knew the details you would not make that statement. I can't wait for the facts to come out to show all who believe that, just how wrong you were and how little you knew. And the statement of duping the law enforcement for nearly two decades, you definitely have not kept up on it or you would know how Roger Lindsey sabotaged the investigation. It just took getting the right investigators, investigators who could stay on it until they got to the truth, and who uncovered all the deceit...this case passed through so many hands over the years it never has a chance to get to the real truth....If you only knew.....I'm just saying

-- Posted by I'm Just Saying on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 6:41 PM

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