County budget to be approved at Tuesday’s BOCC meeting

SHERIDAN — The Board of County Commissioners met Monday to hold a public hearing for Sheridan County’s proposed fiscal year 2013-2014 budget. No one from the public attended the hearing, which was opened at 5 p.m. and closed at 5:01 p.m.

Board chair Steve Maier expressed his appreciation to all those who helped put together a budget that trimmed 1.3 percent — just over $200,000 — off of last year’s budget, noting that since fiscal year 2009 the county has reduced its budget by 38 percent.

“I think all things considered, we feel pretty good,” Maier said, following the meeting. “We’ve been able to operate without having to go into reserves the way we did last year. We’re dealing with less revenue again. We’re really struggling to provide a high level of service, and we continue to have that as our primary goal, along with not reducing our workforce.”

Budgeted revenue is $14,021,200 and budgeted expenditures are $15,765,665. Cash on hand is $1.7 million and reserves are posted at $6,883,750. The county did not dip into reserve funds to balance the fiscal year 2014 budget.

County commissioners will give final approval to the budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

For additional details, read Tuesday’s edition of The Sheridan Press.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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