Closing out its year in preparation for the beginning of 2013, the Leavenworth County Commission took last minute bookkeeping efforts Thursday, amending three of its individual budgets.
Closing out its year in preparation for the beginning of 2013, the Leavenworth County Commission took last minute bookkeeping efforts Thursday, amending three of its individual budgets. The commission at the end of each year amends those budgets that have exceeded their previously set budget authority. The amendments do not allow the commission to exceed the previously established mill levy for taxpayers. For the 2012 budget, according to the county’s hired accountant Stephen Wagner, expenditures from the countywide sales tax revenue fund were being amended upward, from about $2.862 million to $2.932 million. “There were some expenditures some additional contractual payments that they made from the time the original budget was made until the end of 2012,” he said. But like the other amendments, Wagner said the needed adjustment to the sales tax fund did not mean that fund was running short of projections. “There are sufficient funds in there to cover that,” he said. The other general fund budget that needed to be amended was the bond and interest fund for the Kansas Police and Firefighter retirement system. Wagner said that fund was actually being closed and folded into the other bond and interest fund. About $152,000 was initially budgeted for that fund, “Since that time, some revenues came in higher than what we anticipated, so we’re recommending raising that transferability to $177,544,” Wagner said. The commission was also asked to amend the previously approved budget for Sewer District No. 1. “Sewer District No. 1 had higher repairs than were anticipated in 2011 when we did the 2012 budget,” he said. “We had estimated at that time $29,050 and they’re running roughly $10,000 over that.” Wagner said the district had enough cash to cover the repairs and recommended that the commission amend the district’s budget upward to $39,050. He complimented the other managers for their work in sticking to the budget authorities that had been set in 2011. “Due to the conserving of the various department heads, the general fund came out in very good shape,” he said. The commission approved all three of the proposed amendments.