The Lafayette County Commissioners have been dedicating their time to preparing the 2013 budget. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone talk to Presiding Commissioner Harold Hofflander:
Hofflander said the revenue portion is nearly complete. “Now we are working on the expenditures side,” said Hofflander,” We have already discussed it with about three-fourths of the officeholders and we have a little more to finish up with the remainder of them. We will compile some figures at that time and see where things have to be cut or that we can expand on.”
According to Hofflander, it’s a lengthy process due to the wide nature of the operation. “We cover virtually every portion of the county,” said Hofflander,” This includes three road districts, the sheriff’s department budget, as well as all the other budgets within the county.”
The officials said they’re trying to prepare, as best as they are able, for future projects. “We plan to build two or three bridges with our own employees,” said Hofflander,” We will also probably be putting in a number of culverts that are deteriorating.”
The commission has also approved the 911 dispatch rates for the fiscal year. Those numbers are up slightly due to inflation and the increase in operational costs.