Commissioners set budget hearing

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners has set the budget hearing for 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 7.

The budget goes from January through December of a calendar year.

“It will come together,” commissioner Roger Elkins said. “It was only a couple of months ago that the various departments turned in their budget expectations and there’s almost more that’s being asked than money available. There’s some paring that has to be done.”

Elkins acknowledged that while current figures has the budget in a $500,000 deficit, “it will be in balance by (the time its approved). There are some cuts that have to be made. But it’s not like we’re going into receivership or bankruptcy or things like that. It’s a typical type of thing. It just takes time.

“The commissioners did receive a copy of a proposed budget that was on an electronic format. It’s typical for the years I’ve been on the commission. You get your first draft and there’s not enough money to go around. It will be balanced by the time we have the budget hearing. We’re not in serious trouble.”

“It’s moving along,” commission chairman Larry Emig said. “Our budget is tight. Revenues are less than expenses. We’re in a deficit right now. Part of that is a result of a significant amount of revenue we won’t be getting.”

Emig noted the county jail was hosting prisoners from out of county because of overcrowding.

“That was a nice revenue for us, but the state solved that,” Emig said, adding other counties don’t need to pay Osceola County any longer for jail space.

Emig said there will be a work session next week. The county needs to approve the budget in November.



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