Lincoln County operating budget is ‘in good shape right now’

Published 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Lincoln County operating budget is “in good shape right now,” according to County Administrator Daniel Calcote.

Calcote gave his August financial report to the Board of Supervisors Monday during its regular meeting.

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“We are 91 percent of the way through the year and we’ve received 114 percent of our budgeted receipts,” Calcote said. “We are also at 113 percent of our expenditures. So we’re a little over budget, but our receipts have covered it.”

The administrator pointed out some of the overages, and the reasons for them.

• The board was over its budget by 65.7 percent, although the number was misleading, Calcote said. The overage was mainly due to a transfer out of $850,000 for community college expenses from State House Bill 1353.

• The tax collector’s office was over by 5.5 percent, mainly due to bonuses for city collections not included in the budget, to be reimbursed by the City of Brookhaven.

• The jail was over budget by 7.6 percent, due to high food prices and medical costs for prisoners.

• The elections budget was at 202.2 percent, due to $223,600 spent on voting machines in October, plus the Special Election conducted in August.

• Five road and bridge projects were also over budget, due to purchases of new equipment, hurricane cleanup, and higher materials costs. Some of these expenditures will be reimbursed from other funds.

“We’re getting toward the end of the budget year,” Calcote said. “We’re in good shape right now.”