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$145 million budget up for review

by Amy Alonzo


What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Wher: 161 8th St. Minden

Douglas County Commissioners discussed a nearly $145 million Fiscal Year 2017-18 county budget Monday during the first of several public hearings.

Excluding the Redevelopment Agency and the towns of Gardnerville, Minden and Genoa, the tentative budget comes in at $144,539,314. It includes a $52 million general fund, $39.9 million in special revenue funds, $35.6 million in proprietary funds, $13.4 million in capital construction funds and $3.7 million in debt services.

Last year’s adopted budget totaled $142 million, plus a combined $37 million for the other towns, redevelopment agency and the East Fork Fire Protection District, which was granted its independence from the county last year. The newly appointed East Fork Fire Board is now responsible for preparing the district’s budget.

Included in this year’s budget are 59 separate departments, and more than 400 programs are included in the general fund, said Vicki Moore, interim chief financial officer.

The county’s largest revenue stream is property tax, accounting for about 45 percent of all revenue, she said. The county’s projected property tax revenue is expected to increase by 3.4 percent in FY17-18, she said.

The county’s second-largest revenue stream is the state consolidated tax, which includes sales tax and cigarette and liquor tax. It accounts for about 27 percent of the county’s revenue. Consolidated tax revenue is expected to grow by 1.1 percent in FY17-18, Moore said.

Overall, the county’s general fund total revenue is expected to grow about .8 percent, she said.

About 71 percent of the county’s budget is spent on personnel; 21 percent is spent on services and supplies; 7 percent is transferred out and 1 percent is for capital outlay.

Following Moore’s presentation department managers discussed their proposed budgets. The department presentations continue at 3 p.m. each day through Thursday.

Final budget hearings are set for May 1 and 2, when commissioners will hear the towns’ budget proposals as well. The board expected to adopt its final budget at its May 15 meeting, Moore said. The county’s budget must be filed with the state by June 1.