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  • County projects many departments to see budget increases

  • Many Missouri counties are still in the midst of what many call tough economic times. Even though many would expect major budget cuts, some Camden County departments are seeing increases in their budgets for 2014 and none are being dramatically slashed.
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  • Many Missouri counties are still in the midst of what many call tough economic times. Even though many would expect major budget cuts, some Camden County departments are seeing increases in their budgets for 2014 and none are being dramatically slashed.
    Camden County commissioners have not seen the final budget but based on the draft, the county is expected to be in good shape fiscally for the upcoming year.
    Planning and zoning is seeing a more-than-$100,000 increase from 2013 to 2014 while the Sheriff's Department received more than $700,000 as an increase.
    One of the few decreases is in the county clerk's department which could see a $5,000 decrease from their 2013 budget.
    "We did not see any major decreases in the budget this year," District Two Commissioner Cliff Luber said.
    Road and Bridge could see an increase of more than $1 million. According to Luber, many of those funds could come from Federal Emergency Management Association.
    "The increase in the Road and Bridge budget in large part is due to the estimated $650,000 from FEMA from the torrential rains we sustained last summer," Luber said.
    More of the increase is Luber's way of taking care of his district.
    "Prior to taking office, I have been exploring ways to improve the road quality to our gravel roads in the second district. For the first time in the road and bridge budget, there will be $90,000 budgeted for chip and seal roads, which may be a viable alternative to gravel. This will be used to determine if we can broaden the use of this product in the future. It is half the cost of asphalt and if utilized in the future can become a replacement to gravel roads. I am committed to improving the roads in the second district and seriously researching all alternatives to gravel roads," Luber added.
    The 2014 budget is finalized. The numbers are still considered drafts until all figures are added in by the Camden County auditor.
     

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