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|State Affects Knox County's New Budget
|The chairman of the Knox County Board's Budget Committee says he's already hearing that the state might not to better with the budget in its next fiscal year, than it's doing in this one.
District Four Republican Wayne Saline told fellow board members Wednesday night a letter is being sent out asking all county department heads to curb spending as much as possible, after notification by the state that they don't expect to meet all their financial obligations in the coming year.
Saline tells WGIL he, in part, wants to see what the state actually does with its budget before major purchases are made.
"We're going to try to move back expenditures, and see where the state falls," Saline said. "(The state's) fiscal year starts July first, so we may have a better understanding of where they'll be mid-fiscal year for us. We can't make (county department heads) not buy these things, but we'd like to hold off and see where we end up, and maybe we can put some of them off until next year if the state falls even further behind."
Knox County's fiscal year started December first.
Saline says the state owes the county $170,000 for services included in the county's just-ended fiscal year, not including the hundreds of thousands owed to the Mary Davis Home. He says the county dipped into cash reserves to cover it.
The Knox County Board Wednesday night approved bids for upgrades to the air conditioning system at the Knox County Nursing Home, money for a new county storage building that will be located at the Mary Davis Home, and engineering for the proposed widening of Knox County Highway Four near the Henry County line.
|12 31 09 by Newsroom
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