Grundy County budget for 2019 projects deficit

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard reports the proposed 2019 county budget projects a balance deficit of $502,419.

Estimated revenues for 2019 total 4,693,199, and estimated expenditures total $5,195,618. The budget includes a 5.8% increase in medical insurance, a 21.9% increase in worker compensation at this time, an eight percent increase in liability insurance, and a 9.7% increase in building and contents insurance.

The liability insurance increase includes the vehicle insurance deductible being raised from $250 to $500 by the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund.

The insurance raises are subject to change with the work comp audit and purchases of new equipment and the budget also involves a 25 cent per hour raise for all employees.

The 2018 Grundy County Budget had projected a deficit of $375,416, but the budget ended with a positive balance of $242,502.78. Ambulance collections were above projected revenues, however, the Law Enforcement Center balance of $38,700 had to be transferred from the Emergency Fund and $3,000 from the Sheriff Inmate Security Fund.

Total sales tax revenues were down almost $34,000 for the year and total revenue was down $58,000 alone from the State Reimbursement of prison per diem and was not received as projected. Expenses were down $50,000 which included money not spent for 911 equipment, $25,000 for a courtroom remodel, $10,000 for jury trials not held, $10,000 for possible election costs not spent. All departments stayed below their budgeted amounts.

The Grundy County Commission will present the 2019 county budget at the courthouse in Trenton next Tuesday.