Agencies lay out budget needs

By Burk Krohe

County commissioners heard several appropriation requests Thursday. The presentations are part of a general budgeting process, which will take place over the course of the several meetings.

Robbin Cole of Pawnee Mental Health Services asked commissioners for a 5-percent increase over the 2012 budget. Cole noted she had not asked for a budget increase in four years and added that Pawnee has had to deal with the loss of some state funding. Due largely to those cuts, Pawnee’s staff already has been reduced by 25 percent.

“We had to do things to work in the new reality,” Cole said.

Jennifer Wilson, county extension director, also asked for increases. She is asking for a $620 increase in the 2013 Riley County Fair budget. It would amount to a .62-percent increase. Wilson said the increase is related mostly to administrative costs.

Riley County Extension also is asking for just under a 3-percent increase in its overall budget. Wilson said the request is related to salary increases. She said county extension is trying to keep its wages competitive.

The Riley County Council on Aging also requested a nearly 4-percent increase over its 2012 budget. The Riley County Genealogical Society also presented but did not ask for an increase.

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