Finance Committee learns deficit in county budget drops a little more

Posted: Nov. 12, 2012 11:48 pm Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The projected deficit in the Adams County budget for the 2013 fiscal year took another dip after the Finance Committee learned Monday that one vacancy in the circuit clerk's office would not be filled.

An administrative assistant position within the department will be left vacant after a new deputy clerk is selected from the existing staff by Lori Geschwandner, who was elected circuit clerk last week.

The county is now facing a projected deficit of $46,800 instead of $86,000. The cut was not reflected in the board packets that were distributed to board members last week.

The 2013 fiscal year budget, which starts Dec. 1, calls for $13.341 million in general fund expenses, up 0.3 percent from the budget the County Board approved last November, and revenues of $12.623 million, an increase of 2 percent.

Without adjustments, the budget appears to have a $746,000 deficit. However, the county does not plan to spend $460,000 that is required to be budgeted for a bond payment and about $200,000 in expenses from various departments.

Finance Committee Chairman John Johnson, R-4, expects the county's general fund will end the 2013 fiscal year with a balance of $1.8 million.

In other business, the committee approved various changes to the county's health insurance plan.

The deductible for individual coverage will go from $600 to $750, while the deductible for family coverage will increase from $1,800 to $2,250. Out-of-pocket maximums are going from $1,600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,800 to $6,000 for families.

The county pays for the entire $575 a month premium for employees, while the $725 a month premium for family coverage is completely covered by the employee.

The changes are expected to take effect Jan. 1 and will be discussed with employees next week at a benefits meeting.