Johnson County officials propose budget amendment

BY KAITLIN DEWULF | MAY 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Johnson County Board of Supervisors made an $1.3 million amendment Thursday to its fiscal 2014 budget. The amendment was passed to reflect the change in revenues for the county. Roughly $1 million of the money came from intergovernmental expenditures and the rest from miscellaneous costs.

Dana Aschenbrenner, the Johnson County finance administrator, presented the amendment, which reduces the budget for expenditures by roughly $1.7 million overall to “fix” the budget to reflect the $1.3 million the county anticipated spending but didn’t. Some of the significant revenue items include an $800,000 reimbursement from the state for the Oakdale Road project, $280,000 for new Public Health program funding, and additional insurance recoveries of $300,000 from Secondary Roads claims following the fire last year.

Expense items include a corresponding $280,000 increase in Public Health programs, a $5.8 million decrease in mental-health expenses, a $2.9 million increase in capital project expenses, a $300,000 increase in Secondary Roads expenses, and a $300,000 increase in insurance expenses at the Secondary Roads facility. “Some of the big capital project expenses have been progressing a lot more quickly than expected when this project was put together,” Aschenbrenner said.

The majority of the proposed expenditure increases are offset by a corresponding revenue source or represent a timing shift from the upcoming fiscal 2015 budget projection, meaning that they are essentially budget-neutral. Supervisor Janelle Rettig said the board has been the third party in the recent budgeting — they’re the ones who pay the bills after the state reimburses them.

“So far, this isn’t a cut in programming, it’s just a shift of expenses,” Rettig said. Supervisor Rod Sullivan said given the sheer size of Johnson County’s budget, things will happen that aren’t expected, and it will be reflected in the budget.

Sullivan said when officials do the math, the expenses that don’t have a corresponding revenue are around 0.04 of 1 percent of Johnson County’s overall budget. “To only have to fix things by less than half a percent is pretty darn good,” Sullivan said.

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