It is budget-crunching time for the Gadsden County commissioners.
In a workshop last week the commission discussed how they intend to spend the county’s tax revenue.
According to county administrator Robert Presnell, this year’s revenues will total $40,663,420 with no planned drawdown on the county’s general fund balance reserve.
Some highlights of those revenues include:
• Property taxes: estimated at $11,315,244, which represents 95 percent of the total projected revenue (the county can use only 95 percent of the tax revenue).
• The county’s five projected gas taxes are expected to drop by $400,000 for the fiscal year 2014 with a projected revenue of $3,542,161.
• There is an expected increase from the state of $80,000 for libraries and $13,000 for mosquito control.
Highlights of the expenditures:
• Health insurance will increase by $102,000.
• Board of commissioners (public works, growth management etc.), $14,106,106.
• All constitutional officers, $9,719,470 (a 5 percent increase over last year).
• Other governmental and community organizations, $448,500. The four top requests were from the Boys and Girls Club, $150,000; Economic development, $100,000; Gadsden Senior Center, $5,200; Gadsden Health Department, $50,000.
All of these expenditures are subject to change over the next few weeks as the commission continues to hash over balancing expenditures with revenues.
One more budget workshop will be held Thursday, August 22, at 4 P.M. in the county commission meeting room.
There will be two public hearings on the budget on Tuesday, September 10, at 6 P.M. and Monday, September 23, at 6 P.M. also in the commission meeting room.