Archive for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Leavenworth County officials anticipate budget crunches to be felt in 2010

February 17, 2009

— As money continues to tighten on the state level, county officials say budget crunches will probably not be felt until next year.

On Monday, Leavenworth County Administrator Heather Morgan briefed the Board of County Commissioners on things that were going on at the Statehouse that would affect the county's coffers.

Morgan said the biggest hit to county money would come from reduction in highway funds and in grant money. The lower amount of grant money available would affect county departments such as juvenile corrections, health and the council on aging.

She said that the county could also not expect to see any money from liquor tax and a reduction in the state’s property tax slider.

But it would be getting around $655,000 in money after the state miscalculated reimbursement for gasoline tax for Leavenworth County.

Morgan also briefed the commissioners on what kind of money the county may be looking at with the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus plan.

On Friday, Morgan and Public Works director Mike Spickelmier attended a meeting with Kansas Department of Transportation officials to discuss some of the state's cut of the package.

She said that the state would be receiving $348 million for highway funds and $27 million for transit money.

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