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Commissioners pass county's budget

By SARA KLEIN News Leader Staff Writer Published: January 12, 2017 12:00 AM

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners passed the county's budget for this year at a special work session on Jan. 6.

The board voted in favor of a budget that earmarks a total $27.9 million for county agencies and operations.

Of that total, $8.8 million is for expenditures that are paid from the county's general fund, which covers county agencies including the commissioners office, auditor, recorder, treasurer, board of elections, economic development office, courts, and dog pound.

Funds earmarked for non-general-fund expenditures, which are paid using fines, licenses, fees and other sources of revenue, total $19 million.

This year's general fund budget is $76,975 less than last year's; however, the total budget has increased by $693,730 owing to an increase in funds allocated for non-general-fund expenditures.

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The decreased general fund budget is a reflection of discussions the board of commissioners held with county agencies in June of last year about reducing their budgets by 10 percent to reflect projections of shrinking revenue.

Carroll County is anticipated to see $9.08 million in general fund revenue this year, according to the county auditor's office.

Deputy Auditor Stacy Taylor said estimated revenue includes $3 million in unspent funds carried over from 2016 and $6 million in revenue projected for this year.

Monies earmarked in this year's budget as grants from the general fund to support county-based programs and facilities include $7,500 for the Carroll County Park District, down from $25,000 in 2016; and $7,500 for the airport authority, an increase from the $5,000 granted in 2016.

For the first time the county will make a grant of $6,000 to the HAZMAT team. The grant was discussed at a Dec. 12 budget planning session after the team reported a projected budget shortfall as the result of equipment that was reaching its end of life and needed replacement. The grant will pay for new air bottles to be installed on the team's compressed-air breathing packs.

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Grants that remained the same in this year's budget as they were in last year's budget include $213,912 for the OSU Extension Office; $108,147 for the soil and water conservation district; $32,000 for the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department; and $25,000 for the agricultural society/county fair board.

As with the 2016 budget, commissioners did not earmark general fund monies for the health department this year.

The budget for Atwood Lodge shrank from $1 million last year to $160,928 this year with most of the funds being allocated for utilities, real estate taxes and security.

Atwood closed for business in March of 2016 and was sold at public auction in August. However, an official closing on the property with buyer Billy Burns has not yet taken place owing to pending negotiations, according to information provided at a Nov. 28 commissioners meeting.

In other business at meetings of Jan. 9, Jan. 5, and Dec. 29, the board:

ANNOUNCED that the commissioners office will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

APPROVED Jeff Ohler to serve as board president, Robert Wirkner as vice president and Lewis Mickley as commissioner for the 2017 year as part of required annual reorganization policies.

APPROVED the scheduling of commissioners board meetings this year for Mondays and Thursdays unless otherwise noted.

HEARD the County Dog Pound report for Jan. 1 7: four dogs impounded, three adopted, none redeemed, none euthanized, and two citations for running at large.

The County Dog Pound report for Dec. 25 31 was: three dogs impounded, two adopted, one redeemed, none euthanized, and two citations for no license.

The County Dog Pound report for Dec. 18 24 was: four dogs impounded, one adopted, two redeemed, none euthanized, and one citation for running at large.

ANNOUNCED that no appeals or objections have been filed in regards to the Village of Carrollton's proposed annexation of 180 acres in Center and Union townships. The recording of no appeals or objections is the final step required for the county to approve the annexation.

APPROVED a three-percent wage increase for employees in the Department of Job and Family Services effective Jan. 1 as requested by DJFS Director Kate Offenberger.

ACCEPTED a quote of $7,394 from Country Carpet and Flooring, of Minerva, for new carpeting to be installed in the first floor of the county prosecutor's office. Ohler stated that the quote was the lowest of three received.

REAPPOINTED Thomas Capozella, of Dover, to serve as the county's apiary inspector for calendar year 2017 at a wage of $8.15 per hour and a mileage reimbursement rate of .535 cents per mile.

HEARD Wirkner report that the Carroll County Community Improvement Corporation has decided "to scrap" selling the state Route 9 cell tower, which is owned by the county. Commissioners and the CIC had discussed in August of last year the possibility of selling the tower to the private sector.

APPROVED a contract with Kugler Excavating, of Carrollton, for the payment of $545 per National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System to design NPDES at residences on Pinehill Drive, Arbor Road, Amsterdam Road, Apollo Road and Center Street. Payment will be made from the state-awarded Water Pollution Loan Control Fund as part of the county's program to replace or repair failing septic systems for eligible low- and moderate-income households.


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