In July 2 IssueBy John ThompsonNews-Register Reporter
A number of end of the year issues were addressed at a special called meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
Sheriff Larry Bennett settled up with the 2010-2011 fiscal year property tax settlement for his office. Bennett said they were off by only $11.23 on the $6,548,000 county tax assessed in the county's audit.
Three taxing districts in the county offered their budgets for the coming fiscal year.
Chief Financial Officer for Russell County Hospital Ken Kimsal presented the budget for the hospital for the coming year. Kimsal said that the hospital is committed to $1.2 million in ongoing projects for the coming year, the bulk of which is for a new electronic health records program that Kimsal says is "99 percent mandated by the federal government." The hospital will receive 90 percent of the cost of development of the program back from the federal budget.
The proposed 2012 capital budget comes to approximately $1.2 million, with an operating income of $338,854 and net income of $1.26 million. The total patient revenue is projected up from the estimated $54 million for fiscal year 2011 to a projectd $57 million for fiscal year 2012, a 5.5 percent increase.
Kimsal said the hospital patient services is following the national trend of less inpatient days while increasing outpatient services.
Russell County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Gene Royalty presented the proposed general fund budget. The Authority begins the new fiscal year with a $416,533 balance, is expecting a revenue of $76,800 with expenses totaling $86,197 for the coming year, leaving a projected balance of $415,280 at the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
Royalty said the main debt facing the Authority is a $891,000 loan for the Spec building located on French Valley Road, "but we have the cash flow in place to pay that debt off," Royalty said.
The Russell County Public Library budget was also submitted. $651,600 is the estimated amount appropriated for all operating expenses including debt relief. This is up from the $587,653 for fiscal year 2011. Included is a 19 percent increase in personnel costs and $40,000 toward a new building project for the Russell County Library. Last year was the first year appropriations began for the building with $33,706.
Among bills paid was a purchase and installation of a delousing station for the Russell County Detention Center. The funds come from the contingency fund. Judge Executive Gary Robertson said some counties are having infestation problems and that a couple of incidences have been reported at the county's facility. "That's just the way it is," said Robertson, "it's something that happens at all jails."
Branch View Lane was taken in to the county road system in Magistrate Ronald Johnson's third district.
The court approved the placement of an advertisement to ask for bids to contract for a part time maintenance position at the new Russell County Judicial Center.
The last item of business on the agenda was an AE transfer of balances to reconcile end of year accounts.