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County Estimates $600K Gambling Proceeds Dip

Commissioners approve $12.385 million budget

March 20, 2013
By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio County's general fund budget for fiscal 2014 is $12.385 million - about $8,000 more than the 2013 budget of $12.377 million.

Commissioners Orphy Klempa, Tim McCormick and Randy Wharton approved the new, balanced budget Tuesday. Administrator Greg Stewart said he was able to fund department heads' capital improvement requests, but not salary requests.

"We don't consider those until after July 1 when we know what the cash carryover will be," he said, estimating this year's carryover would be $400,000, a $150,000 increase compared to 2013.

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Photo by Shelley Hanson
Ohio County Commissioners, from left, Orphy Klempa, Tim McCormick and Randy Wharton discuss the county’s new balanced budget Tuesday.

Stewart noted video lottery and table gambling proceeds are down a total of $600,000, but taxes from new construction are up $456,394.

The county's largest expense continues to be law enforcement at $3.485 million, followed by the 911 Communications Center at $1.1 million and the prosecutor's office at $1.1 million. The county's largest generator of revenue is property taxes at $5.23 million, followed by video lottery proceeds at $1.35 million and emergency communication fees at $1.1 million.

Stewart said 2014 department head salaries are: $157,500 for Stewart; $59,880 for Sheriff Pat Butler; $96,600 for Prosecutor Scott Smith; $55,440 for County Clerk Patricia Fahey; $55,440 for Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller; $66,380 for Assessor Kathie Hoffman; $60,500 for Airport Manager Tom Tominack; $45,000 for Solicitor Donald Tennant; and $36,960 each for Commissioners Randy Wharton, David Sims and Tim McCormick. The commissioners' salaries are set by the state Legislature.

Fact Box

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES, REVENUE

Expenditures

  • $689,500, county commission
  • $596,385, county clerk
  • $581,918, circuit clerk
  • $521,393, sheriff's tax office
  • $1.097 million, prosecutor
  • $647,693, assessor
  • $336,295, assessor Property

Valuation Committee fund

  • $45,000, statewide computer
  • $184,369, West Virginia

University Extension Center

  • $200,000, elections
  • $117,500, magistrate court
  • $91,000, circuit court
  • $138,500, purchasing
  • $453,500, courthouse
  • $291,000, other buildings
  • $110,000, data processing
  • $4,100, regional development
  • $31,000, community development
  • $39,000, property acquisition
  • $3.485 million, law enforcement
  • $900,000, regional jail
  • $191,000, home detention
  • $218,568, emergency services
  • $1.1 million, comm. center
  • $378,000, animal shelter
  • $10,000, dam site 7
  • $45,000, health department
  • $90,000, mental health
  • $125,000, fairs and festivals
  • $125,000, convention bureau
  • $543,119, library

Revenues

  • $400,000, unencumbered

fund balance

  • $5.23 million, property taxes
  • $543,119, library taxes
  • $375,000, other taxes
  • $180,000, penalties & interest
  • $160,000, transfer tax
  • $10,000, oil and gas severance
  • $15,000, dog racing
  • $95,000, wine/liquor
  • $250,000, hotel tax
  • $155,500, state grants
  • $50,000, local grants
  • $50,000, charges for services
  • $25,000, process server earnings
  • $300,000, county clerk earnings
  • $65,000, circuit clerk earnings
  • $2,500, accident report
  • $7,000, motor vehicle fees
  • $445,000, rent
  • $1.1 million, 911 fees
  • $30,000, Interstate Roadway

Permit fees

  • $15,000, court costs
  • $70,000, jail reimbursements
  • $30,000, interest
  • $12,500, sheriff commissions
  • $1,600, commissions
  • $150,000, table gambling
  • $1.35 million, video lottery
  • $925,127, reimbursements
  • $336,295, assessor's Property

Valuation Commission fund

The commission is slated to set levy rates at 6 p.m. April 16. The rates have remained the same for the past 18 years and likely will be the following: Class II residential 23.14 cents per $100 assessed; commission's operating levy, 11.57 cents; Class 3 non-residential property outside the city, 46.28 cents; Class 4 non-residential property within the city, 46.28 cents.

 
 

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