MENOMINEE — The first draft of the 2020/2021 budget was introduced Tuesday at the Menominee County Finance Committee meeting.
Menominee County is expected to see $8.5 million in revenue in the 2020/2021 fiscal year.
This 2020/2021 budget was quite healthy, according to Menominee County Administrator Jason Carviou. Unlike last year, the 2020/2021 budget does not have a structural deficit, this in part because of two millages, to fund the Menominee County E911 and library, passed in the March election.
Because these millages passed, neither service needs to be funded out of the general fund for the upcoming year. The millages are 0.625 to fund the county’s E-911 System and 0.375 mills to fund the library. Carviou said he had hoped this would mean the budget would have a surplus but because unforeseen expenses and lack of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget will actually balance out at $0.
However, if the level of state funding decreases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget will need to be adjusted later.
“I am not budgeting for any decreases of funding at the state level,” Carviou said. “We will have to address those shortfalls as they come.”
One way this budget differs from previous budgets is how certain expenses are separated and listed. In the past, fringe benefits such as insurances were each placed in each department’s individual budget. Carviou said it made more sense to put these line items together into a single general operating expenditures account.
“We weren’t getting an accurate show on what the departments were spending anyway so now it’s all in one account,” he said.
This year has a budget for technology services, a department created in the past year. Any technology expenses such as computer program licenses come from this account.
Other matters such as salaries of elected officials have not been adjusted more than the usual yearly increases. Although the Menominee County Board of Commissioners are in talks of increasing the salaries of several elected officials, nothing has been finalized so the drafted budget does not reflect any pay raises.