Supervisors Discuss Budget

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

During the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors work session, the budget was a central topic of discussion.

Each supervisor took his time to review the county funds. They did find some areas looking good, including the revenue side of the general fund.

According to Mike Sumrall, county administrator, the expenditure side is another story.

"The expenditure side is what we're trying to trim off right now," said Sumrall. " We asked the department heads to cut off 5.67% reduction in their 400, 500, and 900 line items which is salaries, supplies, and capital outlay between here to the end of the year."

Expenditure in the general fund is not the only area hurting. The road fund is another department that came up short.

"Fund 150 is the road fund and we are not collecting what we (expected) there," said Sumrall. "We're currently about $200,000 under what we budgeted in collections. So, we'll have to make appropriate reductions in the expenditure side to off set those shortfalls in revenue."

The supervisors are looking at what to eliminate for the shortfall. The road fund has more supply type line items that it can cut to save money. Reductions in salaries will likely be required to help balance the general fund.

"The general fund is primarily, about 65% salaries. So if you take a cut there, you've got to take a salary pretty much," said Sumrall. "Road department on the other hand is about 50% salaries and 50% supplies or debt payments or capital outlay, so they have more ways to cut in supplies in the general road fund."

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