Webster County sups begin FY 2014 budget talks




The Webster County Board of Supervisors met Monday to begin discussions on the fiscal year 2014 budget.

The board discussed its own budget, along with the general services budget and nondepartmental funds and ideas on how funds could be spent in various areas of the county which they help fund.

Up to $2,500, or a maximum of $500 per supervisor in mileage reimbursement was discussed as a possibility that could be included in the 2014 budget.

“I think $500 is something we can work with,” Supervisor Clark Fletcher said. “It is something we have gone a few years without.”

Fletcher also suggested that the board have meetings in the future to discuss the possibility of establishing capital improvement plans and funds.

“I would like to see us have some meetings where we could set up capital improvement plans,” said Fletcher. “We have buildings with needs that should be addressed and we should have plans for that.

Fletcher suggested that the board meet with a facilitator to discuss the possible plans. The board recommended that up to $5,000 could be spent to cover the cost of hiring a facilitator for the development of capital improvement plans if they should move forward with the idea in the future.

“I believe we do need to have a strategic plan of where we will want to go as a board,” Supervisor Merrill Leffler said. “That’s why you need a facilitator; to take you to where you want to go and match the funds to that.”

“Outside sources bring resources we don’t have and you can get the job done much quicker and more efficiently,” said Fletcher.

Fletcher said having strategic and improvement plans with some funds in place would allow the county to become more proactive on issues, rather than reactive.

The board also estimated it could invest anywhere from $30,000 to $35,000 in site certification costs for the North Central Ag Industrial Park in fiscal year 2014.

The board will have a finalized budget by March 15 after hearing from several departments and making decisions on funding outside departments.

Budget meetings will continue today as they hear budget proposals from the Webster County attorney, treasurer, engineer, conservation and human resources.