The halls are alive with the sound of number crunching.
The Budget Office inside the Greene County Historic Courthouse in downtown Springfield will be a central focus through the end of the year as the County Commission hears from all departments on their 2020 budget.
The Budget Office began the process on Friday with a presentation to the County Commission of a base budget framework. The Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which unlike the last few years will have a $1.5 million dollar line item for the 2020 Presidential election, will be the third year in the row county officials feel there is going to be money in the budget for long-delayed projects and upgrades to county systems.
The initial presentation from County Budget Officer Jeff Scott was light on detail because all department heads will have individual meetings with the County Commission to break down their budgets and ask for items to be added or removed from the proposal.
The biggest challenge for the budget process will be the Greene County Jail and all the changing factors that come into play as the County finalizes a site location. As we reported in August, the changes to the jail that will bring a reduced staffing need resulted in the initial 2020 budget process having approximately $1.56 million less than anticipated in the 2019 budgeting process.
The change was due to the lost position no longer being budget items, thus not bringing savings to the county in the budget process by existing but being unfilled. The county made $2.7 million in deficit spending in 2019 based on projected savings of $2.9 million in the 2020 budget.
The first wave of department heads and elected officials meeting with the Commission will take place on Wednesday with an all day run of meetings. Following the regular County Commission briefing at 8:30 a.m., Information Systems will meet with the Commission at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by the County Clerk, all in room 212 of the Historic Courthouse on Boonville.
After a brief lunch break, the Commission will move down Boonville to the new County Operations Center, where they will meet for a discussion of the County’s 102 Fund, followed by a meeting with the county purchasing department.
Other departments will be meeting with Commissioners over the following weeks.
All budget meetings are open to the public.
Here is the initially proposed budget:2020_Recommended_Budget