County budget to remain flat for 2014

Logan County will begin 2014 with an essentially flat general fund budget of $11.6 million.

This week, the Logan County Commissioners passed a temporary budget so the county can operate until a permanent budget is set.

Overall, the county is responsible for $66 million in government operations. Some of the funds are special revenues that must be used for specific purposes such as $6.9 million for the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities and $2.7 million for Logan County Children’s Services.

Both of those entities are supported by property tax levies sponsored by the respective boards, but the money passes through the county for accounting purposes.

The Logan County Engineer’s Office with its $5 million budget also receives money such as gasoline tax proceeds earmarked for its operations.

Logan Acres, the Homestead and the county’s waste water sewer districts are operated much like a business in that fees of residents or customers cover the operational, maintenance and debt retirement of the operations.

In the general fund, the commissioners’ temporary measure allocates $16.9 million for various departments including the courts and all the officer holders.

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