County Commission Set To Approve 2015-2016 Budget
Looks like it's not all fun on Parade Day.
The Natrona County Commission will vote on its nearly $55 million budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at its meeting at the Old Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to its agenda.
It also is scheduled to approve professional service contracts with attorneys, agreements with other counties for juvenile detention services, and between the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Natrona County School District for emergency services.
But the budget is the major action with a public hearing before the vote.
As usual, law enforcement takes the largest slice, 34 percent, of the budget. This year it will be $18.7 million mostly for the Sheriff's Office, and the adult and juvenile jails.
Road funds come in next at $9.6 million. The separate Road and Bridge Department is projected to spend $2.9 million.
Basic general county operations will cost $7.5 million, with building maintenance and capital expenditures costing $2.5 million.
The county will spend $3.4 million on projects paid for by the Optional One-Percent Sales Tax.
The county's support for the library will be $2.4 million.
Keeping the computers running amounts to nearly $2.0 million.
State contracts will cost $1.6 million, as will contracts and services.
Parks, health and human services, the fair, and other contracts and grants round out the rest of the budget.
The county also will spend $825,500 on maintenance and projects at the Alcova, Pathfinder and Gray Reef reservoirs. The funds for this budget item come from the fees and rents charged for those who use the trailer park, cabins, campgrounds and other services. The county manages the lands for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Besides the reservoir revenues, the county's revenues include $12.5 million carried over from the 2014-2015 fiscal year, $9.6 million in road funds, and $32..1 million in general revenues including sales taxes and property taxes.