County adopts new budget

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times

 

Webster County supervisors approved a 2014 fiscal year budget last Friday that includes an increase in the ad valorem tax of a little over 1 mill.

The budget has total projected revenue of $7.64 million. Of that amount, about 76 percent, or $5.79 million, will be financed through a total ad valorem tax levy, which is based on the value of real or personal property. That is the same percentage being financed in the current budget.

Total county ad valorem millage is increasing 1.19 mills to 114.9, of which county operations will be supported by 41 mills (down 3.4 mills) and county schools by 44.83 mills (up 3.41 mills). The projected value of a school mill is $53,357.

An additional 1.14 mills (about $61,000) will go toward a shortfall in local revenue collected for the school district’s previous fiscal year, which ended June 30. This is a 0.30-mill increase.

Among budget highlights, the solid waste tax levy of 1 mill will be taken off and the county will now operate the solid waste system fund strictly on garbage collection fees. The levy for the E911 system is being increased 0.40 mills and a mill was added to the volunteer fire fund for repair of fire trucks.

A 1999 bridge bond is scheduled to be paid off in the upcoming budget year with a 0.43-mill increase and the levy for a 2012 equipment bond has a 0.20-mill increase.

Adoption of the budget as presented and the 2013-14 tax levy sheet followed a public hearing at which no one voiced any opposition. The budget year runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30.