Charlevoix County approves $15 million budget for 2018

BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners recently approved the 2018 county budget of $15,093,922—an increase from last year of 1.51 percent.
A public hearing was held on the proposed budget on Wednesday Sept. 27, wherein the revenue and appropriation projections were presented.

“I’m pretty proud of Charlevoix County—our clerk, treasurer, department heads, administrator—working together to come up with a budget that works for us,” said Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners Chairman Joel Evans (R-District 4) “All indications are that things are going well.”

 

The county is levying a millage rate of 7.5 mills total—which is the same as last year—Allocated 4.45; Transit .25; Grandvue .75; Senior Citizens .65; Recycling .15, Road 1; Parks .15; and Veterans .1.

Evans added that the county has been able to maintain its high level of services without significant increases in spending by continually working to improve the efficiency of its individual departments.

“I think we’ve tried to instill on our employees the importance of that … and, again, they’ve done a great job,” he said.

Budget Breakdown
2018 Proposed General Fund Budget Summary shows the entity in question along with this year’s budgeted amount and the percentage of increase or decrease in projected spending.
Board of Commissioners $332,402 | 1.39%
Legislative Committees $11,500 | 8.70%
Circuit Court $259,575 | -12.21%
Circuit Court Probation $2,000 | 0%
District Court $616,155 | 4.59%
Friend of the Court $681,260 | 3.57%
Jury Board $4,500 | 0%
Probate Court $637,599 | -0.02%
Guardianships $14,000 | 0%
County Clerk $604,404 | 5.05%
Audit $50,000 | 4.00%
Data Processing $261,000 | 1.92%
COOP Reimbrsmnt Prog $90,631 | 3.42%
Public Improvement $56,000 | -837.50%
County Treasurer $330,883 | 3.16%
Equalization/Assessing $334,787 | -12.47%
Cooperative Extension $168,039 | 5.61%
Elections $117,300 | 0%
Postage $10,000 | 50.00%
Telephone $102,000 | 29.41%
Building & Grounds $456,297 | 22.45%
Prosecuting Atty $571,750 | 8.18%
Register of Deeds $317,437 | 14.64%
Human Resources $194,954 | 5.53%
Drain Commissioner $3,650 | -2.74%
Soil & Water Conserv. $12,148 | 0%
Copying & Recording $88,800 | 25.68%
Sheriff’s Dept. $2,324,617 | 6.39%
Marine Patrol $67,123 | 2.58%
Secondary Road Patrol $109,359 | -0.67%
Jail $1,843,664 | 2.83%
Dept. Bldg Safety $565,049 | -9.30%
Mapping $2,500 | 100%
GIS Dept. $259,980 | 37.28%
Emergency Services $70,000 | 14.29%
Animal Control $88,600 | -13.62%
Contagious Disease $2,500 | 0%
Medical Examiner $46,050 | 21.36%
State Institutions $61,846 | 0%
Planning $103,527 | 3.33%
Whiting Park $300,000 | 33.33%
Insurance & Bonds $861,430 | 4.43%
Social Security $1,500 | 0%
Contingency $157,815 | 21.04%
Operating Transfers $1,911,438 | -1.65%
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS
$15,093,922 | 1.51%
TOTAL REVENUE
$15,093,922 | 1.51%

Fund amendments
Projections for Sept. 30, 2017, show that several departments in the General Fund will end in a deficit condition unless amended.
The projected deficits were determined as follows:
District Court, $5,000
Cooperative Extension, $2,000
Telephone, $31,000
Maintenance, $16,000
Prosecuting Attorney, $22,000
Register of Deeds, $24,000
GIS, $34,000
Emergency Mngmt., $16,000
Medical Examiner, $15,000
Non-Motorized Trail, $200,000
Projections for Sept. 30, 2017, show that several funds will end in a deficit condition unless amended.
The projected deficits were determined as follows:
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, $150,000
ATV Fund, $18,000
Drug Law Enforcement, $24,000
Housing, $31,000
The board authorized the county clerk to make the necessary budget amendments.

Salaries & Meeting Fees
County Board of Commissioners
(per month) – $250
Drain Commissioner (on site inspections) – $50
Fiscal Officer – $13,000
County Road Commission (special meetings)
per diem $75 (less than 4 hours) $50
All other boards pay $50 per meeting.
Committee meetings of less than four (4) hours, including travel, shall be $50 per meeting.
Meetings over four (4) hours shall be $75 per meeting.
This rate includes all other board and commissioners paid at the same rate as the Board of Commissioners.

 

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