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Seward County Commissioners to Meet, Consider Changing Hours of Administration Building

Joe Denoyer - October 18, 2019 12:05 pm

The Seward County Commission will meet on Monday October 21 at 5:30pm. Items on the agenda include Board appointments to the Fair Board. With 6 positions open, 4 individuals have applied to be cosidered. They include, Brandee Cochran, Erin Atchley, Amanda Kolb, and Rosa Conley.

Before the Commission will be a proposal to change the hours at the Seward County Administration Building to Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm and Friday 7:30am-11:30am.

The Rural Fire Budget will be before the Commission as well. During budget work sessions and approved published budget in August 2018 for the funding year 2019, a settlement was made after the fact with DCP National Helium. The valuation and levy for the 2019 budget were already set before the settlement was finalized. With the settlement to National Helium that was finalized in November of 2018, this resulted in a loss of approximately $32,000 for the funding year 2019 for Rural Fire. This loss results in a cash shortage to fund the budget authority given to Rural Fire.

In addition, the Commission approved salary adjustments for all employees in 2019. Those raises were budgeted for in the General Fund, Reserve for Claims, Salary Adjustments. Because Rural Fire is it’s own taxing entity, not in the General Fund, their budget has not been offset to accommodate for the salary wage increases as well as employee benefits. Rural Fire reimburses the County for all payroll and benefit expenses. This adjustment, for salary and benefits, is $31,262.

Due to loss of tax distribution, payback to DCP National Helium, no cash carryover, and salary adjustments this has resulted in a cash shortfall for Rural Fire. The Commission could authorize expenditures up to $162,265 to be paid from the General Fund or direct staff to apply for No Fund Warrants. If the BOCC authorizes payment from the General Fund the Commission could also require this be repaid to the General Fund and budget for repayment in 2021.

Disposition of Surplus Property is also on the Agenda.


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