PDT Staff Writer
During their last meeting of the year, the Scioto County Commissioners adopted 2013 appropriations for the general and various funds.
“Prior to the end of the year we have to pass the (20)13 budget. The last three years we’ve done temporary budgets. This year we have permanent budget in place,” said Skip Riffe, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners. “We’ve had the 2013 budget finished since April. It took six months to get it approved by the financial commission and that was done in October.”
He said the 2013 budget is $15,547,841.
“There is a $250,000 figure in there for deficit reduction. However, we have no deficit now,” Riffe said. “Our recovery plans have required us to set aside a certain amount of money for deficit reduction. The first couple of years it was $500,000 and in 2012 we did $250,000 and of course all of the debt has been eliminated.”
He said the county should be fine to stay within the 2013 budget.
Riffe explained, the county is taking steps towards getting out from under the emergency status by the auditor of state that came in August of 2009. He said some of the steps necessary to get out from under the emergency status have been taken. He said one of the steps was to eliminate the deficit associated with the former juvenile detention center, which was done this year.
“We have to do (20)14, (20)15 and (20)16 budget projections. Once the state is satisfied with those numbers, they’ll release us,” Riffe said.
He said the planning for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 budget projections are underway.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.