County budget approved

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget in the August 29 board meeting. The fiscal year begins October 1.

Choctaw County has a total budget of $21,188,966 for the fiscal year. The projected revenue is $4,692,542 with projected expenses of $21,188,966.

To make up the difference in revenues and expenses the county has approved a tax levy of 79.09 mils.

The tax levy is estimated to bring in approximately $16,476,424 to the budget. The budget increased due to the increase of the millage rate. This year’s mil rate is $208,325 compared to $115,357 last year.

The increase of the millage rate this year was due one of the power plants coming onto the tax roll instead of paying a fee in lieu payment.

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 and more.

The county’s largest budgets in the General Fund include:
-Board of Supervisors $905,854 which is a $1,774 decrease from last year. This funds the supervisors’ salaries, expenses, matching for grants and any additional legal fees.
-District 1 Road Fund expects expenditures of $379,791 and revenues of $100,725. These monies pay for road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for roads and bridges. Revenues include monies from road and bridge privilege tax, truck tags, gasoline sales tax, land redemption and last year’s taxes. It also includes a portion of additional fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-District 2 Road Fund expects expenditures of $402,465 and revenues of $106,738. These monies pay for road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for roads and bridges. Revenues include monies from road and bridge privilege tax, truck tags, gasoline sales tax, land redemption and last year’s taxes. It also includes a portion of additional fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-District 3 Road Fund expects expenditures of $394,908 and revenues of $104,734. These monies pay for road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for roads and bridges. Revenues include monies from road and bridge privilege tax, truck tags, gasoline sales tax, land redemption and last year’s taxes. It also includes a portion of additional fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-District 4 Road Fund expects expenditures of $428,919 and revenues of $113,754. These monies pay for road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for roads and bridges. Revenues include monies from road and bridge privilege tax, truck tags, gasoline sales tax, land redemption and last year’s taxes. It also includes a portion of additional fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-District 5 Road Fund expects expenditures of $282,476 and revenues of $75168. These monies pay for road hand salaries, barn expenses and funds for roads and bridges. Revenues include monies from road and bridge privilege tax, truck tags, gasoline sales tax, land redemption and last year’s taxes. It also includes a portion of additional fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-Countywide maintenance $37,854 and revenues of $13,800 from a portion of fee in lieu funds added for paving.
-Chancery Clerk $77,022 which is a $1,397 decrease from last year.
-Chancery Court $70,100 which is a $1,200 increase from last year.
-Circuit Clerk $71,745 which is a $193 increase from last year.
-Circuit Court $77,905 which is a $1,785 decrease from last year.
-Tax Assessor $285,359 which is a $25,519 increase from last year.
-Justice Court $195,300 which is a $1,399 decrease from last year.
-County Attorney $56,641 which is a $483 increase from last year.
-Public Attorney $56,106 which is a $328 increase from last year.
-Elections $59,445 which is a $6,865 increase from last year.
-Sheriff Department $815,412 which is a $74,915 increase from last year. This includes funds to purchase a new patrol car.
-Custody of Prisoners $151,985 which is a $16,715 increase from last year.
-Fire Departments $43,434 which includes the fire coordinator’s salary and any additional legal expenses relating to volunteer fire. This includes a $3,345 increase from last year.
-Volunteer Fire expects expenditures of $107,689 with revenues of $49,358. This fund includes annual payments to each volunteer fire department and any other expenses.
-Library $74,870 which is a $21,010 increase from last year. The supervisors increased this funding to keep the Weir Library open part-time and increase funding to the Choctaw County Library to allow it to be open more hours.
-County Extension $30,433 which is a $785 increase from last year.
-Golden Triangle Planning and Development total $39,500 that includes budgets for the Council on
Aging and the GTPDD. This was increased $7,500 from last year.
-E911 $255,500 which as decreased $24,775 from last year.
-Emergency Services (Fund 014) $1,954,285.
-Emergency Management $143,095 which is an increase of $79,138 from last year.