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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

County Outreach presents budget

By Linda Wenger | Jan 21, 2013

Outreach Center director Errin Sorrell prepared her first budget for the Washington County Board of Supervisors and the new supervisors sat through their first departmental budget work session all at the same time Monday morning.

Outreach is a county-managed probation office.

Sorrell’s budget is slightly less for fiscal year 2013-14 than for the current fiscal year by about $830. For 2013, the Outreach budget is $117,892. For 2014, it’s $117,066. However, the budget may end up being even lower if the office’s computers or furniture does not need to be replaced. Sorrell doesn’t think she will use the money in that line item.

Her budget also reflected the 2 percent salary/wages increase suggested by the board of supervisors, an increase that Supervisor Steve Davis expects to set for some of the county’s elected officials during Tuesday’s weekly meeting. The Jan. 15 agenda includes possible action on the salary recommendations from the Compensation Board.

Sorrell was uncertain how much money to budget for utility services. She has office space in the Communications Center. She said that former county auditor Bill Fredrick decided the two departments would share the utility expenses on a 60/40 percent basis, with Outreach paying 40 percent.

This was the first budget work session for supervisors Stan Stoops, Jack Seward and Bob Yoder. They asked questions that were answered by Davis and board chairman, Ron Bennett, both of whom have been through the budget process.

Stoops asked what would happen if there would be an increase in utility costs.

Davis said the increase could be handled with a budget amendment.

Yoder asked if there is a “use-it-or-lose it” mentality in county government.

Sorrell said she doesn’t operate on that mentality.

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