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County board OKs budget

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s budget for its 2019-20 fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday.

Before the board voted on the budget, interim Delta County Administrator Tom Sabor gave a brief presentation. He reviewed some minor changes made to the county’s budget proposal since former Delta County Administrator Philip Strom discussed it with the board in August.

“I did tweak it a little bit on four items,” Sabor said.

According to Sabor, this included a $700 increase to the general fund.

In Strom’s presentation last month, the county’s proposed 2019-20 general fund budget was listed as $10,538,769. This marked an increase of $123,368 from the amended 2018-19 general fund budget of $10,415,401.

Strom’s presentation also included information on other fund budgets for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The county’s proposed airport fund budget was listed as $1,207,300, a $934,758 decrease from the current budget of $2,142,058; the proposed building and zoning fund budget was listed as $200,174, a $21,289 decrease from the current budget of $221,463; and the proposed road patrol fund budget was listed as $1,842,750, a $268,801 increase from the current budget of $1,573,949.

The board voted to approve a number of budget-related line items en masse after Sabor’s presentation.

“Basically, what you’re doing is you’re amending the ’18-’19 budget, and also giving me authority to … make sure that we’re in compliance at fiscal year end. And then we’re also approving the ’19-’20 budget, along with some resolutions,” Sabor said.

In other business, the board:

– gave Sabor and Commissioner David Rivard authority to narrow the field of county administrator applications down based on the applicants’ qualifications.

“We have received 12 applications for the position of county administrator,” Sabor said.

After this is done, candidate interviews can begin. Rivard said he believes this may be handled by a committee of the whole.

The board also approved a motion to pay for candidates’ travel expenses in the second round of interviews, if needed.

– entered executive session to discuss a proposed amendment to its contract with the courthouse union. After returning from executive session, the board voted to potentially fill a full-time custodial position earlier than was initially planned.

– okayed a grant agreement for the Fiscal Year 2019 Emergency Management Performance Grants.

– agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding for emergency alerting to the public.

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