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County budget passed, P&Z positions filled

SHERIDAN — The Board of County Commissioners gave its final stamp of approval to Sheridan County’s fiscal year 2013-2014 budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. The budget was cut by 1.3 percent — approximately $200,000 — from last year’s budget.

Total expenditures are budgeted at approximately $15.7 million and total revenues are projected at about $14 million. Cash on hand is at approximately $1.7 million and reserves are $6.88 million.

In order to trim the budget and avoid cutting staff, the county asked employees to kick in a portion of their retirement contributions, which the county has historically covered in full. Employees also had to increase health insurance contributions, meaning they will receive less take home pay than last year.

“That’s a trend we can’t stand very much longer,” Board Chair Steve Maier said.

In other business, commissioners approved Sheridan County Airport’s purchase of new snow removal equipment from M-B Companies at a cost of $675,339, which will be 96 to 97 percent funded with federal grants and state contributions.

Commissioners also appointed two new members to the County Planning and Zoning Commission. Steve D. Noeker, of Story, will fill Commissioner Mike Mellgren’s expired position. Michael Shumacher, of Parkman, will fill Commissioner Steven Pearce’s unexpired term.

For additional details on this story, read Wednesday’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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