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Riley County budget adjustments looming

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commission may have to amend budgets for the capital improvement, road and bridge and building funds.

Johnette Shepek, the county’s budget and finance officer, presented the June budgets for CIP, road and bridge, economic development and building fund budgets.

The CIP was originally budgeted at $1.5 million, and the $1.2 million total expenditures to date leaves it with $229,773 for the rest of 2013. Shepek said that the starting balance for 2014 should be around $130,511, leaving only about $100,000 to spend for the remainder of the year. County officials have indicated that other upcoming projects will make demands on the CIP budget in excess of that amount.

The problem appears to flow from uncertainties as to whether projects will be completed during the current budget year as opposed to the 2014 budget year.

While the problem in the CIP budget is a revenue shortfall, the opposite is true of the road and bridge fund. It had a total revenue for the month of June around $138,000, that coming from the first installment of the 2013 sales tax initiative. But the revenue from that initiative was not included when the account was budgeted, necessitating a budget amendment so the revenue can be dedicated to an expenditure. The fund was budgeted to have around $1.1 million with the current expenditures; it currently sits at $559,997.

Scheduling for legislative conference

County Counselor Clancy Holeman discussed two October dates for the county’s legislative conference.

The legislative conference is a yearly event during which county commissioners take time to discuss legislative issues with local lawmakers.

Holeman told commissioners that Oct. 17 or 24 would be the two ideal dates. He said that getting them in before the winter holiday’s would make scheduling a lot easier. Commissioners preferred the Oct. 24 date, and Holeman said he would try to schedule it for that timeframe.

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