County board sets 2013-14 budget

ESCANABA – The Delta County Board of Commissioners has adopted a balanced budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The board unanimously approved this year’s balanced budget of $9,416,695 at Tuesday’s county board meeting in addition to many other routine budget motions. According to Delta County Administrator Nora Viau, this year’s budget is slightly higher than last year’s, which totaled $9.193 million.

This year’s general fund is comprised of approximately $6,009,721 in property tax revenue. Other top funding sources in the general fund come from $641,000 in state income tax revenues/revenue sharing, while $350,000 is through federal co-op reimbursement money through the Friend of the Court department.

Appropriations accounted for the largest overall expense in the county’s budget totaling $2,417,389.

Of this money, the county appropriates $350,000 to both the Delta County Airport and the county’s child care fund. More than $312,000 is provided to the health department for rent, while Pathways Community Mental Health is allocated $275,608.

Expenses for corrections at the Delta County Sheriff’s Department account for $1,767,102 of the general fund, with health and dental insurance accounting for the largest portion of this amount at $236,400.

District Court expenses total $661,078, of which health and dental insurance accounts for $103,075 of this amount. Friend of the Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office also are high expense areas in the budget at $591,394 and $532,833 respectively.

The 2013-14 budget includes the previously board approved $100,000 allocation to Delta County’s Michigan State University Extension Office, of which $55,000 is put toward rent in its current office space at the Delta County Service Center.

The board also accepted the request of the Delta County Central Dispatch Authority to levy .3 mils for the Central Dispatch Operation in Delta County for the 2013-14 fiscal year. This request is down from .5 mills requested during the fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

In other business, the board:

– rejected an offer from Pathways Community Mental Health to purchase the county-owned building where Pathways is currently housed – the Delta County Service Center – for $2 million. The board met in executive session to discuss the request but unanimously voted to reject the offer by a 5-0 vote.