Osceola deficit blamed on inmate loss

October 26, 2017

By John Raffel
Correspondent

Osceola County Commissioner Larry Emig has indicated progress continues to be made with the 2018 county budget.

“We’re in a deficit situation,” he said. “Not all, but much of it is due to (loss of) significant revenues, as already indicated that aren’t going to our jail.”

He was referring to the decline of other counties needing to use the Osceola County jail.

“There’s a combination of things that got us to this point,” Emig said. “With some fund balance and other ideas, we’re down (into the deficit), but not to where we need to be. I think we’ll get there but some of it is what we may have to accomplish later. We have to have some kind of a balanced budget. Hopefully we’ll look at more things as we get into the next meeting.
“Our goal is to improve it at the second meeting in November.”

Osceola County is in a deficit situation, there has been a loss of significant revenues  that aren’t going to the jail.

Osceola County is in a deficit situation, there has been a loss of significant revenues
that aren’t going to the jail.

The commission continues to work on technology issues.

“What’s been on the agenda for a long time is a new phone system,” Emig said. “We’ve had some hurdles and bumps in the road. I’d say we’re 100 percent done. It’s just tweaking some things. It’s new. We were on landline. We’ve shifted from that. We’re on internet. We can’t predict it but we assume that will have some issues too. We have to deal with those. But we’re off and running.”



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