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Cuts, revenue and a possible balanced budget for PC

Kunkel says the deficit for county is $500,000 but more funds are expected soon

HENNEPIN — Putnam County Board is inching toward a more balanced budget, but they aren’t quite there yet.

Treasurer Kevin Kunkel had reported that the board is operating with about $20,000 less in the general fund than this time last year, but he said once the second installment of taxes hits the books the county will start to make up some of the shortfall.

August ended with $123,189 in the general fund for the county — Kunkel said he hadn’t received an expected disbursement from the state for video gaming revenue or a probation grant. He’ll be contacting the state about the gambling monies, he said.

For fiscal year 2019 the county has a deficit of just over $500,000.

Expenditures so far have been just under $1.8 million but revenues have come in at just under $2.3 million. Kunkel said he’s expecting about $300,000 from property taxes soon and another $75,000 from the upcoming tax sale of delinquent properties. He said he’s looking to combine with another county, perhaps Marshall or Bureau, on the tax sale to save money.

County departments have been on a mission to slash budgets over the past months in order to get the budget to a more palatable balance, which has resulted in layoffs and some employees forgoing salary increases.

In other board news:

The board approved an ordinance that will require entities planning raffles or a poker run to pay a non-refundable $25 application fee. Failure to apply for proper permit will result in a $500 fee.

The board unanimously appointed Reed Wilson to represent the county at Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority meeting. The economic development group is based in Ottawa and meets in Morris to appraise local counties about economic opportunities for the region.

Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or kshute@shawmedia.com Follow her on Twitter at NT_Princeton2

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