It was a little bit of good news for the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The commission held a special hearing on necessary amendments to the 2015 operating budget due to a monetary windfall. Figures were revised upwards for several county funds including Road and Bridge, Noxious Weed, Special Bridge and Solid Waste.
“The county has received additional revenue,” County Administrator Richard Boeckman said. Despite the efforts of elected officials and department heads, budget estimates must be adjusted so that funds fall within budgetary laws.
So, after a budget is approved and changes have to be made and a public hearing must take place. The approval of the amendments make the revisions official.
The adjustments included:
• Road and Bridge – The Road and Bridge Fund amendment is due to an additional revenue from Federal Emergency Management Agency federal and state funds, the sale of Property and other federal funds. Amending the Road and Bridge Budget will allow for the purchase of aggregates and remaining funds being transferred to equipment replacement.
The change was from $4,770,750 to $5,563,421 for an increase of $792,671.
• Noxious Weed –The Noxious Weed Fund amendment is due to additional revenue from chemical sales. In addition to replenishing commodities, this will allow remaining funds to be transferred to equipment replacement.
The change was from $806,150 to $922,202 for an increase of $116,052.
• Special Bridge – The Special Bridge Fund amendment is due to additional revenue received from the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program and reimbursement from Kansas federal funds.
The change was from $360,000 to $571,539 for an increase of $211,539.
• Solid Waste – The amendment covers increased expenditures to cover the unplanned purchase a replacement compactor.
The change was from $1,177,860 to $1,827,860 for an increase of $650,000.
In all, the budget was amended from $7,114,760 to $8,885,022, a revision of $1,770,262.