Stephens Co. Commission Expected to Vote on FY 2014 Budget Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to vote on adopting the county’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget at their meeting later today.

Two weeks ago, Stephens County Administrator/Finance Director Phyllis Ayers presented the proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget Ayers presented totaled about $16.5 million for all funds and $12.9 million for the general fund. Both of those numbers are down from the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

The proposed budget calls for no change in the millage rate.

Meanwhile, the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget would provide full-time county employees with a $300 raise and part-time employees with a $100 raise.

In addition, there are no employee furlough days in the proposed county budget.

According to Ayers, one employee’s position in data management was eliminated in the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, while a full-time probationer was cut to part-time. The proposed budget would allow the county to add a part-time position in the probate judge’s office.

Under the proposed budget, the county is using about $1.1 million in available fund balance to cover budget shortfalls this year. Ayers says that leaves less than $400,000 in available fund balance moving forward.

Stephens County Commissioners did agree to make one change in the proposed county Fiscal Year 2014 budget following the first reading two weeks ago.

The commission voted to provide $50,000 in funding to the Stephens County Development Authority. The original proposed budget provided no money to the Development Authority.

County commissioners will hold a second budget hearing during today’s meeting prior to voting on the budget.

The Stephens County Commission will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.