FY 2018 Budget
The Converse County Commissioners have adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Here are some highlights from the budget:
- The county is expecting an 18% decrease in revenue to the General Fund, budgeting $23.45 million for FY 2018 after receiving $28.67 million in FY 2017.
- The expense budget is increasing 14% from last year. Actual spending from the General Fund in FY 2017 was $26.9 million and the county has budgeted expenses of $30.6 million in FY 2018.
- Most county departments received budget increases for FY 2018, though the amounts varied widely. Significant increases are primarily due to special projects or circumstances. For example:
- The Jail budget will increase 17% in FY 2018 because of additional expenses associated with the opening of the new Justice Center in January.
- The Assessor's budget increased 34% due to a $129,000 allocation to fly the county for the purpose of GIS mapping and imaging. Expenses for the imaging project will be largely reimbursed by other entities that will benefit from the project.
- The Courthouse budget increased 44% due to expected costs associated with the opening of the Justice Center in January.
- Two departments, the County Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office, are expected to spend less money in FY 2018 than they did in FY 2017, with decreases of 2% and 3%, respectively.
The budget also adds another $3.16 million to the Building Reserve Fund.