Douglas budget workshop planned Thursday
MINDEN – The numbers aren’t known yet, but Douglas County commissioners on Thursday will start deciding how to handle several potential budget problems.
The commission will hold a series of hearings on various budgets starting at 1 p.m. at the Minden administration building, 1616 Eighth St.
Discussions on the general fund, East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, vehicle maintenance and motor pool and capital improvement budgets are planned.
Comptroller Claudette Springmeyer said potential budget deficits were not known as of Monday. County Manager Dan Holler could not be reached for comment.
Sheriff Jerry Maple, whose department takes most of the general fund allocation, predicted an efficient budget process.
“I think with Dan there, he’s going to be honest about the whole thing,” said Maple. “A good working relationship has been built there. The only increase in our budget will be the amount of the salary adjustments.”
In past years, deficits have ranged from a few hundred thousand to millions of dollars.
“In every meeting that we’ve had so far, there hasn’t been any estimates where we’re $1 million or $2 million out,” said Maple.
Maple said managers were told not to increase their services and supply budgets over last year’s levels. Salary increases were calculated and will be included, and departments will be able to request money for capital outlays.
Anything else, said Maple, requires a written justification. He said his requested budget totals just over $7 million.
The room tax budget isn’t set for discussion Thursday. It was the subject of a workshop in February, and commissioners approved several assumptions for Springmeyer, Holler and others to work with.
Some of Thursday’s topics include:
— The motor vehicle and maintenance pool: Commissioners will consider centralizing that operation and possibly dedicating line items in other departments’ budgets to pay for it.
— Capital improvements: The board is to consider several projects, ranging from rebuilding the front steps at the Minden administration building to replacing the roof at the Stateline administration building.
Three more budget workshops are planned during the last week of March. During those sessions, any outstanding issues will be addressed.
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