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The Lake News Online
  • Officials say county is in best financial shape

  • Camden County officials appear to be guardedly optimistic after approving a $25 million budget for the year.
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    • Numbers to know:
      •$25,000,000 approximate budget for 2014
      •$9,600,000 expected sales tax revenue
      •$20,000,000 amount collected by the county through real estate and personal pr...
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      Numbers to know:
      •$25,000,000 approximate budget for 2014

      •$9,600,000 expected sales tax revenue

      •$20,000,000 amount collected by the county through real estate and personal property taxes that will be passed on to taxing entities


  • Camden County officials appear to be guardedly optimistic after approving a $25 million budget for the year.
    Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken described the budget as being as "frugal as possible with the taxpayers' money."
    At the same time, Franken said the county is in the best cash financial position it has been in for a number of years.
    "Our cash situation puts us in a position to move forward on projects with the money in the bank to complete the projects," Franken said. "Camden County is in the best cash financial position that we have ever been, which is a major improvement over three years ago. This is a strong, stable position for Camden County to be in."
    Franken mentioned an upgrade to the E-911 communications system as one of the projects Camden County would be looking at in 2014.
    If the county's projections prove correct, sales tax revenue for 2014 is expected to run approximately $9.6 million. Franken said the county estimated sales tax revenue for 2014 based on what was collected last year.
    In addition to sales tax revenue, the county has a number of revenue funds, including the county levy, that generate the funds needed to run county government.
    The total county budget is approximately $25 million. The pass-through dollars to other entities is another $20 million dollars. The pass-through funds are collected by the county but distributed to the taxing entities and are not for county use.
    The county was able to hand out a two percent pay increase to the 300 full-time employees on the payroll for 2014. It was the first time in six years the county was in a position to gave cost of living increases.The two percent increase will cost the county approximately $232,000.
    Traditionally, the Camden County Sheriff's and Road and Bridge departments take the largest share of the budget.
    For 2014, the sheriff's budget for operations and corrections is $5,541,81 with E-911/communications in line to receive $1,017,394.00.
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