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Commissioners ask officials to be fiscally responsible

Nearly $11M budget approved for Randolph

ELKINS — As the Randolph County Commissioners look at the county’s upcoming budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, they are urging offices to be fiscally responsible.

During a special meeting, the Randolph County Commission voted unanimously to approve a $10,990,058 general budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

David Kesling, commission president, said the commissioners are asking elected officials to be responsible regarding spending within their respective offices.

“We have sent out an email to elected officials to ask them to just be fiscally responsible for the remainder of this year. We are worried about our revenue — which starts in July — not being as high as what it usually is, in years past, because of the virus,” he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are worried about the collections for the remainder of this year, so that’s why we are asking officials to be fiscally responsible for the remainder of the year.”

Commissioner Mark Scott noted that while revenue estimates are up, commissioners are still “concerned.” He added that elected officials have been cooperative during the budgeting process.

“Revenue estimates are up this year; however, we are concerned, as a commission, that those numbers are actually going to (change) because of (COVID-19),” Scott said.

The county commission’s budget will see an increase from $10,587,576 in 2019-20 to $10,990,058 in the upcoming FY 2020-21.

“I want to thank all of the elected officials for working with us and helping us through this. The last two years, they have been meeting with us and have been very cooperative when it comes to making any necessary decreases in expenditures,” he said. “We have tried to keep each of their priorities in mind as we have considered things.”

Several “general government” expenditures will see an increase in the approved FY 2020-21 budget, including the offices of the prosecuting attorney, county clerk, assessor and sheriff-treasurer.

The prosecuting attorney’s budget increased from $818,889 in 2019-20 to $860,986 in FY 2020-21; the county clerk budget increased from $380,045 to $399,926; the assessor budget increased from $384,518 to $393,877; and the sheriff-treasurer budget increased from $413,199 to $422,177.

Meanwhile, other offices will see a decrease in their general budget, including the county commission and circuit clerk. The budget for county commission will decrease from $339,854 to $318,017, and the budget for circuit clerk will decrease from $339,973 to $330,789 in FY 2020-21.

The circuit clerk’s budget increased slightly, from $339,336 in 2018-19 to $339,973 in the new budget. The assessor’s budget went up from $381,896 in the current budget to $386,547 in next year’s general budget.

The sheriff-treasurer budget increased from $384,297 in 2018-19 to $390,949 in next year’s budget.

The county commission’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

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