Camden County has taken what may be best described as a conservative approach to the 2013 budget. Expenses for 2013 mirror those budgeted in 2012 and show little increase.
The county is expecting to take in a total of $26.7 million in revenue this year. If all goes as planned, the county will end the year with somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million on the plus side. Total expenses are anticipated to be $22 million.
The budget was adopted by Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken and Associate Commissioner Bev Thomas.
According to the budget document, the county will take in a total $20,352,783
Major revenue funds that make up a majority of the county's budget include sales tax revenue of $7.2 million, county revenue funds of $11,823,719, special road and bridge funding estimated $4,656,794. The assessment fund is estimated to bring in a total $695,480. The Law Enforcement Sates Tax funds estimated a total $2,466,040, and E-991 telephone funding estimated a total $710,750.
The estimated net cash available for the upcoming year is $7,297,831.
Reimbursement, operating transfers, both in and out, estimated a total $26,770,723. The total estimated ending balance is $4,715,488.
The budget has been a hot topic in Camden County since word came in November that MU Extension's budget would be cut from $48,000 to $10,000 plus the county planned to charge $9,000 rent on the county building that extension service is currently occupying per year.
The budget cut sparked public outcry which resulted in the commission rethinking their decision to reduce Extension's budget so drastically. According to Associate Commissioner Bev Thomas, the extension service's budget has been adjusted, restoring a portion of the cuts that were announced.
Thomas said the commission has reconsidered and will be budgeting a total of $20,000 plus the rent on the county-owned building that houses the extension service.
By state statute, the county is required to budget a minimum of $10,000 a year to the extension service.
The extension service provides residents with access to information and services regarding agriculture and natural resources, business and leadership development, nutrition and health education, youth development and human development. Programs include Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Master Gardener, Leadership Camden County, 4-H and many other services.