Budget issues, cost cutting, smart spending; however you want to call it, budgets continue causing new situations. Most Lauderdale County departments are not purchasing anything at the time to help with money plans.
"The general fund and the road fund, and as well as garbage, solid waste fund had budget issues right now, cash flow problems, and we stopped purchase orders this week. In other words we didn't go out and purchase anything for a couple days this week," explains Mike Sumrall, the Lauderdale County Administrator.
This spending freeze has not affected all departments.
"Not all of them; some of the funds had money to continue doing like the paving fund we could continue to go ahead and do paving projects," says Sumrall. "This is not an issue. That's just a cash flow problem. Those funds will have the money in them in the next month or two."
Tax collections for Lauderdale County fell roughly $400,000 between fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Stanley Shannon, the Tax Collector for the county, says this is because the county lowered its millage rate.
"The county lowered the millage two mills."
That's where the $400,000 shortfall comes in.
"A year ago at this time, we had collected $19,422,003. This is for the county, not the schools, not the city, just the county. O.K. and at the same time now, this year we've collected $19,037,298 which is approximately $400,000 less than what we collected a year ago," said Shannon.
Sumrall says purchasing should be back to normal by this coming Monday. He says the county still has to be extremely careful with all department budgets.