County budget approved

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget in the August 31 board meeting. The fiscal year begins October. 1.

Choctaw County has a total budget of approximately $13,201,958.62 for the fiscal year. The projected revenue is $8,728,074.62 with projected expenses of $13,201,958.62.

To make up the difference in revenues and expenses the county has approved a tax levy of 79.09 mills. The tax levy is estimated to bring in approximately $4,473,884 to the budget.

New to the budget for the 2012-2013 FY are line item budgets for the hospital of $1,400,000 and the school shortfall $34,604.01. The county has levied .61 mill to fund the school shortfall from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The county’s largest budget and expenditures is the General Fund. This fund includes office administration, judicial and law enforcement, operations and maintenance of buildings and grounds, support and upkeep of Choctaw County Library, budgets of the Chancery clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor/Collector, Sheriff’s Office, remodeling, building or repairing the Courthouse, Jail and other buildings plus more.

The county’s largest budgets in the General Fund include: Board of Supervisors $999,213 which is a $72,212 decrease from last year. This funds the supervisors’ salaries, expenses, matching for grants and any additional legal fees to the county. District 1 Road Fund $273,477 which funds road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for the roads and bridges. This includes a $13,929 increase from last year. District 2 Road Fund $246,969 which funds road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for the roads and bridges. This includes a $5,806 increase from last year. District 3 Road Fund $262,127 which funds road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for the roads and bridges. This includes a $1,389 increase from last year. District 4 Road Fund $265,646 which funds road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for the roads and bridges. This includes a $972 increase from last year. District 5 Road Fund $194,740 which funds road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for the roads and bridges. This includes an $864 decrease from last year. County wide maintenance $10,000 which is a $17,925 decrease from last year. Chancery Clerk $87,471 which is a $42,350 increase from last year. Chancery Court $53,740 which is a $4,845 decrease from last year. Circuit Clerk $70,796 which is a $1,994 increase from last year. Circuit Court $68,070 which is a $5.356 decrease from last year. Tax Assessor $198,619 which is a $7,159 decrease from last year. Justice Court $190,783 which is a $111 decrease from last year. Maintenance of Buildings $33,620 which is a $3,299 decrease from last year. Coroner $26,565 which is an $8,022 decrease from last year. County Attorney $56,100 which is a $5,100 increase from last year. Public Attorney $55,600 which is a $4,600 increase from last year. Elections $66,550 which is a $22,854 decrease from last year. Sheriff Department $671,025 which is a $79,283 decrease from last year. Custody of Prisoners $130,660 which is a $19,340 decrease from last year. Fire Departments $39,875 which includes the fire coordinator’s salary and any additional legal expenses relating to volunteer fire. This includes a $15,570 decrease from last year. Volunteer Fire $73,430 which is a $4,277 decrease from last year. This fund includes annual payments to each volunteer fire department and any other expenses. Library $53,500 which is an $800 decrease from last year. County Extension $28,200 which is a $1,800 decrease from last year. Golden Triangle Planning and Development total $17,100 which includes budgets for the Council on Aging and the GTPDD. This includes a $5,400 decrease in the Council of Aging budget. E911 $240,530 which is a $28,050 increase from last year. Waste Services and Landfill $500,000 which is an increase of $100,000 from last year. EMS $394,980 which funds the ambulance service.