Sunday, September 21, 2008
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County briefs: Catching up, making decisions on new budget

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[September 21, 2008]  With new software and a new audit firm helping clear up the past few years' budget problems for the county board, a motion was made and carried to accept the June 2007 audit, with the exception of the circuit clerk's office, which is not yet completed.

DonutsThe Logan County Health Department has been renamed the Logan County Department of Public Health.

Jan Gleason of the Jobs Training Partnership advised the board that, due to significant reductions in their budget, the five-county surrounding area is being consolidated. Although Lincoln's office will be downsized, Gleason advised the board that the amount of funding for Logan County will remain the same under this consolidation. She also advised that JTP will be moving to a smaller facility in town within a short period of time.

A motion was made and approved to include $150,000 of future wind farm construction permits in the county's general fund.

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A motion to reduce budgets in health, bridge and highway department funds as well as senior services such as senior transportation was not passed. The amount of savings with the motion was estimated at $14,400 total. Board members Gloria Luster and Pat O'Neill believed that further cuts to human services were not where the board should be looking to balance the county budget. O'Neill went on to say that he believes the board needs to find solutions for revenue problems in some other way than continuous cuts to county departments.

The board also approved a 3 percent increase in salary to all nonunion, full-time county employees.

A motion was made and carried to place the proposed 2009 county budget on public display, with the budget vote planned for next month's meeting.




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