Blaine County Commissioners' Crunching Numbers For 2014 Budget


By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Blaine County Commissioners' are busy crunching numbers.

The deadline for the 2014 fiscal year budget is just around the corner.

They have already cut back on thousands of dollars.

"It is challenging every year and we did see a budget request. We've trimmed about $750,000 from those request,” said Commissioner Larry Schoen, Blaine County.

This year’s budget consists of $26.7 million.

That is $1 million less than the proposed 2014 budget, which is 25.3 million.

"We did reduce the county budget because we didn't have to include the amount for the nursing home. The skilled-nursing facility called Blaine Manor. That amount isn't in the budget and it was about $2.2 million and now it's in there for about $150,000 just to assist with the transition,” said Schoen.

The tentative budget includes a one percent increase to the county's $8.25 million payroll.

In addition, a $20,000 raise for all three commissioners.

They currently make $61,000; if the budget is approved they would make $81,000.

"In Blaine County, Commissioners' are full-time and work more than 40-hours a week. The salaries for the Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer, and commissioners' are more or less aligned."

Calculating numbers to make the public and county employees happy.

A final budget must be set by early September.

The 2014 budget can be reduced from the tentative budget, but not increased.

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