Hardin County budget shows $2 million surplus

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Mid-year fiscal report presented to Fiscal Court

By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County government is heading into the second half of Fiscal Year 2011/2012 with $2 million ahead in their annual budget, Judge-Executive Harry Berry reported Tuesday to Hardin Fiscal Court.

The county so far has received about $16.2 million in revenue and has spent about $14.1 million at this point in the year.

Berry pointed out the county still has slightly more than half of its budgeted expenses awaiting in the back half of the year, while it already has received slightly more than half of its budgeted revenue.

Revenue is down by about $230,000 from the previous fiscal year, while expenditures are up from the previous fiscal year by about $1.1 million. Emergency Management Service and E-911 revenues were down, while expenses for Hardin

County Detention Center were higher than its revenue. The Solid Waste department also received fewer tons of waste than were budgeted.

Berry told the court asphalt, fuel expenses, the detention center and solid waste are areas they will be monitoring for the next six months.

Fuel expenses are on track to exceed the budgeted amount.

The detention center didn’t receive a timely state payment that affected its revenues, and has had a large amount of maintenance expenses, Berry said.

Personnel costs account for about half of the budget. The detention center, EMS and Solid Waste Department are departments that make up the largest portions of the budget.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.