NEW ALBANY — Hopefully by this time next month, Floyd County will have a real certified budget from the state.
In late February, it was announced the Department of Local Government and Finance certified Floyd County’s budget at zero after it was revealed the county had a $2.4 million deficit after revenue did not match the projected budgets submitted. Council members said incorrect figures from the Floyd County Auditor’s office is what led to the problem late last year when figuring the 2013 budget.
Since the announcement, Don Lopp, director of county operations, and Teresa Plaiss, former county auditor, have been working on coming up with cuts and trying to figure out the county’s cash balance as of Jan. 1, 2013. On Tuesday afternoon, the Floyd County Council held a work session to discuss the ongoing budget issue and to get an update from Lopp.
Council President John Schellenberger said some progress has been made. He said at the April 9 regular council meeting, the council plans on passing budgets for the health department, parks department, motor vehicle highway budget and CAGIT, or County Adjusted Gross Income Tax. However, Schellenberger said the council is not ready to send a general-fund budget back to the state for certification. He hopes to have a certified budget in late April.
“Once we find out what our cash on hand was as of Jan. 1, 2013, then we will have a better idea and be able to send it up to the DLGF,” Schellenberger said. “We are still trying to find out how much cash we had ... . That is the key. We still do not have a solid estimate of revenue streams. We just aren’t ready to submit a budget yet.”
Council Vice President Dana Fendley said Lopp, Plaiss and the council are trying to go through two years of figures to straighten out was she calls “a mess.”