County Executive Thomas L. Hickner told county commissioners a deal has been struck over proposed Mill End Store site development that will give added revenues to the county.
Bay County to Flyspeck Payroll List for Possible Cuts to Meet Deficit
Ways and Means Committee Meets Tuesday to Eye Up to $2 Million Shortfall
November 30, 2008
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By: Dave Rogers
Bay County government is getting ready for the red ink expected to flow with the current economic downturn.
The Ways and Means Committee meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. to:
Consider Treasurer Rick Brzezinski's recommendation to double the delinquent tax revolving fund from 10 percent to 20 percent to boost interest revenues, and
Inventory all personnel under general and special county funds and plan for potential deficit levels, $1 million, $1.5 million and $2 million.
The personnel audit will be performed by county administration in cooperation with the commission and staff and is targeted for completion in September 2009.
Wrote Commissioner Brian Elder, Ways and Means chair:
"Bay County faces many serious decisions in the coming years based on dwindling financial resources and the fact that predictions for the economic future on the national, state and local levels are grim for many years ahead."
Typical of the financial strictures faced by the board is a report from District Judge Craig Alston that the Drug Treatment Court has been cut 61.5 percent by the federal government.
Judge Alston informed the committee last month: "As a result, and in anticipation of the cuts, new participants in the program could not be taken and a review of the provision of services with reduced funding was begun. Future funding for the treatment court is questionable."
This program "saves thousands of dollars in jail beds," according to Judge Alston, who noted that 54 percent of participants complete the program. This is a voluntary program for those who have been charged with felony DUI and the county accepts two-thirds of those who request to participate.
Meanwhile, County Executive Thomas L. Hickner has informed the committee that a deal has been struck that could improve county revenues if an $8 million former Mill End Store development project goes forward.
Recent legislation has given the county executive the authority to veto establishment of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA), he said.
The deal, struck in a recent meeting with the city and the prospective developer, Paul Rowley, is that the county will split the tax revenues from the project 50-50 with the Bay City DDA.
Also, 100 percent of the tax revenues from special county millages will go to the taxing jurisdictions instead of to the DDA's Water Street District.###
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