Moffat County operating under budget
March 31, 2010
In other action
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:
• Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending March 20 for $405,661.48.
• Approved, 3-0, minutes for the Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and 16 and March 24 meetings.
• Approved, 3-0, a proclamation declaring April to be the Month of the Young Child.
• Approved, 3-0, an early childhood facilitation and technical assistance contract not to exceed $12,000 for the Early Childhood Council.
• Approved, 3-0, lease renewal for mining, use and sale of sand and gravel with the Villard family.
• Approved, 3-0, a bid recommendation to purchase two, three-quarter ton trucks totaling $44,530, and a van for $25,756 from Craig Ford.
• Tabled, 3-0, a bid recommendation for crack-seal materials.
• Tabled, 3-0, a bid recommendation for engineering services for the landfill.
• Tabled, 3-0, a vehicle bid recommendation for the weed and pest department for a truck.
• Approved, 3-0, a bid recommendation from Adapco for a fogger for the weed and pest department for $7,395.
• Approved, 3-0, a bid recommendation for four various chemicals from Sydner and Counts Feed & Seed totaling $70,062.04.
• Approved, 3-0, an abatement petition for Randy and Joy Booco.
• Approved, 3-0, a request to waive the bid process for landfill and scale software.
Tightening its belt has paid off for Moffat County.
The county, as of the end of February, is under its 2010 budget projection, much to the satisfaction of the Moffat County Commission.
Commissioner Audrey Danner said she was pleased to see county department leaders operating within their budgets.
"Department heads and other elected officials are working with us on this budget," she said. "They have services to provide to citizens, and we're asking them to provide those services with less dollars."
At its weekly meeting Tuesday, the commission approved, 3-0, its supplemental budget through March.
The supplemental budget, approved quarterly, amends the main budget, taking into consideration unplanned expenditures and unexpected revenues. It also allows the county to shift money among its three categories of expenditures — personnel, operation and capital projects.
The changes in the budget supplements are required to go before the commission for approval, which Moffat County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said is important for a county to do.
"It's for the public to have input into the budget and a say of how their money is spent," Gerber said. "It's important to be transparent and out in the public."
Moffat County projected about a $6.3 million shortfall in total revenue for 2010 from 2009. The county also ratcheted down spending by about $3.1 million for 2010.
Reduced tax revenue, changes at the state level and a lack of energy impact grants from the state has made the commission cautious when receiving requests for equipment or projects, Danner said.
Department leaders "have submitted those budgets and we're asking them to hold firm within what they submitted," she said.
Through February, the county has spent 14.9 percent of its general fund. The county could have spent 16.6 percent of the budget, Gerber said.
"We are being very careful about requests and department heads are also very careful about what they submit," Danner said.
The county has several funds that help to keep the budget on path.
The contingency fund, which holds $195,026, is the main fund the commission can use to fund requests not foreseen in the budget.
Included in the March supplemental budget was a request to purchase a new computer server for $4,973. The commission approved the purchase marking the first time this year the county has pulled money from the contingency fund.
The county is continuing to meet with departments to hear suggestions and ideas about ways it can ease budget woes with immediate and long-term solutions.
To balance the budget, as revenues are projected to continue dropping, the county plans to reduce expenditures and pull from the reserve-ending fund balance, among other measures.
"It is going to take us working together to adequately provide service," Danner said. "We have had a very helpful response from department heads. They understand the financial situation."