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Auditor: Huron County finances in solid shape

By SCOTT SEITZ • Oct 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Huron County officials are working to prepare a budget for next year.

Auditor Roland Tkach, also a member of the county budget commission, with Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer and Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, said recently the numbers are looking favorable for 2016.

The budget commission members have estimated a $2.3 million general fund carry-over at the end of 2015 and a revenue estimate of $13.4 million, for a total of $15.7 million for the general fund in 2016.

These numbers are subject to adjustment.

The commissioners normally adopt an interim budget by Dec. 31 and later approve the final budget by March 31.

Tkach said the sales tax estimate is about $8.5 million, with $5.66 million of that slated for the general fund and $2.83 million earmarked for the jail.

“Please keep the budget commission informed if there are any unexpected expenses that may affect the carry-over estimate,” Tkach said in a letter to the commissioners.

Tkach also reminded the commissioners the Veterans Services Commission is entitled to $520,000 in funding.

“I hope this will help you as you work on the 2016 budget,” he added.

Tkach provided a chart that outlined the county’s general fund revenue and expenses from 1998 to 2014, with the 2015 numbers scheduled to be added at the end of the year.

From 2009 to 2014, the commissioners have spent less than the revenue.

But, there was a stretch from 2001 to 2008, excluding 2005, where the commissioners spent far more than the revenue. That includes 2003 when the commissioners spent more than $1 million than what was brought into the county in revenue.

According to the chart, the highest the general fund carry-over has been was $3.6 million in 2001.

The lowest general fund carry-over was $790,000 in 2009.

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