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Jasper County continues prep for 2014 budget

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The clock is ticking for counties across the state to get their 2014 budget's in order. For Jasper County officials, this year is a little more difficult than others.

"Revenues you'll never exactly know what it's going to be. You estimate it year to year based on historical data." says County Auditor Richard Webster.

Jasper county auditor Richard Webster says the county needs about $1.5 million in General Revenue funds as carry-over to balance next year's spending plan.

Webster says the problem hasn't been overspending. He says the county has simply brought in less revenue than anticipated in sales and property taxes, rebates and fees.

For property tax payers across the county, they still have time before their payment is due.

"Taxes are payable November the 1st, and become delinquent at Midnight on December 31st. So they have until December 31st to get them post marked or dropped off at the office." says County Collector, Stephen Holt.

Tax payments can be dropped off here at the Jasper county courthouse up until December 31st, but that only makes up a small fraction of the 2014 budget.

Webster says the county has not overspent from any department, but if revenue doesn't start coming in soon, big cuts would have to be made by commissioners.

"Because revenues have been lower other places, it's going to be difficult to know at this point and just from the information I have so far for the first 11 and a half months I'm not sure we're going to be able to have the million and a half to balance the proposed budget here." Webster says.

The next budget meeting is scheduled for December 3rd.

 

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