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Supervisors Approve Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

March 8, 2018
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

A public hearing was held for the County Budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 during the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 6.

Total budgeted Revenues and Other Financing Sources for the coming year, 2018-2019, total $16,558,006, which is slightly higher than estimated revenues for the current year, 2017-2018, at $16,009,740. It is higher than the actual revenues of 2016-2017, which stand at $16,316,542.

Taxes levied on property, which is included in Revenues and Other Financing Sources, is budgeted higher than the current year at $6,928,006 versus $6,812,885 (2017-2018). Actual revenue collected on taxes levied on property in 2016-2017 was $6,468,095, which is $459,911 lower than what is being budgeted.

Proposed tax rates per $1,000 taxable valuation for the new fiscal year of 2018-2019 are slightly lower than that of the current year, 2017-2018, with urban areas at 6.68909 versus 6.69226 a difference of .00136 and rural areas at 10.63909 versus 10.64226 a difference of .00317.

Total Expenditures and Other Users for the coming fiscal year of 2018-2019 total $19,937,850, which is up from the fiscal year 2017-2018 by $2,487,016. The fiscal year of 2018-2019 is also higher than the 2016-2017 year at $16,322,656, a difference of $3,615,194

There are several Service Areas included under Total Expenditures and Other Uses. Service Area 1's (Public Safety and Legal Services) proposed budget for FY 2018-2019 is $2,195,452, which is slightly higher than the current year (2017-2018) of $2,069,261. This area includes all law enforcement, legal services, emergency services, assistance to the district court system and juvenile justice administration.

The total budgeted amount for Service Area 3 (Physical Health and Social Services) for the coming FY 2018-2019 is $523,224, which is higher than the current year (2017-2018) of $471,297. Programs included in Service Area 3 are physical health services, services to poor, services to military veterans, children and family services, services to older adults (such as the elderly) and chemical dependency.

Service Area 4 (Mental Health, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities) remained unchanged for the upcoming FY 2018-2019 from the current year (2017-2018) at $193,000. Areas included are mental health problems/mental illness, intellectual disability, other developmental disabilities, general administration, county provided case management and brain injury.

The budgeted amount for Service Area 6 (County Environment and Education) for 2018-2019 is slightly higher than 2017-2018 at $1,766,784 versus $1,557,796. Areas that fall under this Service Area are environmental quality, conservation and recreation, animal control, county development, educational services and president or governor declared disasters.

The approved budget for Service Area 7 (Roads and Transportation for 2018-2019 is $5,758,850, which is higher than the current year of $5,565,551. Included in Service Area 7 are secondary roads administration and engineering, roadway maintenance, general roadway expenditures and mass transit.

Service Area 8 (Government Services to Residents) was given an estimated $509,332 budget for the FY 2018-2019, which is up from the current year at $493,980. Included in Service Area 8 is representation services (elections administration, local elections and township officials) and state administrative services (motor vehicle registration and licensing, driver's license service and recording of public documents).

In Service Area 9 (Administration) the budgeted amount for FY 2018-2019 is $1,383,187, which is higher than the current year (2017-2018) of $1,305,563.Service Area 9 includes policy and administration (general county management, administrative management, treasury management and other policy and administration), central services (general services, information technology and GIS systems) and risk management (tort liability, workplace safety, fidelity of public officers and unemployment compensation).

In Debt Services, which is paying for the principle and interest on the bonds for the money we have borrowed, an estimated $1,892,908 has been budgeted for the FY 2018-2019. This is slightly lower than the current year (2017-2018), which was $1,893,996.

Finally, Capital Projects, the money we borrowed and are spending on road projects is budgeted at $3,090,187, which is considerably higher than the current year, 2017-2018, at $1,283,674



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