Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

A review of the Jefferson County Budget 2004-2007

The budget for Jefferson County can be found here. These comments are based on the 2006-2007 budget.  The 05-06 budget is also available, just replace the years.  I have not found other yearly budgets yet.

Between 2004 and 2007 and out of 55 departments in the General fund. The following had ANY budget decrease:

  • Budget Office 2004 – $147,000 2007 – zero
  • Jury $1000 lower in 2005-2006 and $1.3 million higher in 2006-2007 ?!?!?!?!?
  • Community Supervision $200 drop from 04-05 to 05-06
  • County Morgue $25,000 drop from 05-06 to 06-07
  • Library lost $2000 in 05-06
  • Health Unit 2 lost $30k in 05-06
  • Child Welfare lost $17k in 05-06
  • Mosquito Control lost $110k in 06-07 !??!?!?!?

So out of 55 departments, 7 have had a budget reduction in 3 years and only 3 have had a budget reduction for 06-07 and one of those is (arguably) the most important department in Jefferson County… mosquito control.

Ford Park gets $1,788,371 for 06-07 and $1,500,000 for 05-06 out of the contingency fund. It might as well be made a budget item.

Without more detail about what some of this money is going for, I can’t really say what can be cut where, but something can be cut. Most importantly, the contingency fund is being used too much.

Contingency from the Yahoo American Heritage Dictionary :

1) a) An event that may occur but that is not likely or intended; a possibility.

b) A possibility that must be prepared for; a future emergency.

Let’s face it, the way Ford Park is, it is not unlikely or an emergency. It should be a budget item… actually, it should not be in the budget at all. It’s time for Ford Park to fly or crash on its own.

November 16, 2007 - Posted by | Jefferson County, Politics

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