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Mon, June 17

County budget hearings on tap

Members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will roll up their sleeves Monday morning and get to work on the fiscal year 2005-06 county budget.

The supervisors will take a close look at department budgets when they meet with elected officials and department heads next week.

County Administrator Jim Holst gave the board members a copy of the proposed budget April 18.

Based on estimated revenues, the 2005-06 budget totals $202.9 million -- a 12 percent increase over the 2004-05 budget. The budget falls short of projected revenue by about $2.2 million. It also includes more than $5 million in program change requests from county departments.

Holst said the board has been very cautious about increasing tax rates in the past.

"They are currently taking their first pass at analyzing the budget requests. I am certain that there will be reductions to the budget requests," he said.

Department heads and elected officials submitted requests for program changes and additional positions totaling $5,092,209. The requests for General Fund money total $2.9 million, with more than $1.9 million for 38 additional employees.

Officials are asking for an additional $1.9 million in program changes for programs that do not use General Fund money.

The tentative General Fund budget is $85,199,516. It includes $70 million for general operations, $13.6 million for capital (buildings) and $1.3 million for solid waste. The rest of the proposed budget consists of $117.7 million for services not paid for with General Fund money. These include roads, health, grants, flood control districts, the library district, the jail district, other special districts, debt service and the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) Enter-prise.

The budget hearings will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the supervisors' hearing room at the county administrative building, 1015 Fair St. in Prescott.

The meetings are open to the public.

Contact the reporter at prhoden@prescottaz.com

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