He even upped it up a notch, projecting the county will end up with
Council members have been eager for a financial status since an audit released in April concluded the county spent
To be sure he heard correctly, Council Vice Chairman
"This year in 2014? Absolutely," Lawton said.
The administration projects revenue of
Collections from property taxes, both current and delinquent, are "performing great," Lawton said. The county received
The bulk of the remaining
Lawton said he is confident in his prediction because he grilled division heads, court officials and the elected controller and district attorney about their realistic expectations on revenue and spending. The result of their collective surpluses and deficits was a leftover of
Lawton credited "very strict controls" on hirings for the ability of some departments to come out ahead despite revenue that's not meeting anticipated targets.
In light of citizen predictions the county will experience cash flow shortages, Council Chairman
The county owes
Swetz said some of the state and federal reimbursements may not arrive until the end of January or early February, but the administration is monitoring cash flow and has been trying to space out bills so payments are covered. The administration may temporarily borrow from other county funds if necessary, which has happened in the past, because the county has no reserve, he said.
Lawton made it clear the mid-year review focused on this year's budget and said he can't forecast next year's projected revenue and expenses until he presents the proposed 2015 budget to council by
County taxes increased 8 percent this year. Council has final say on the budget under home rule.
In other business at Tuesday's work session, council continued to debate what projects to include in a capital budget that must be adopted by
Council will vote next week on proposed amendments, including the removal of
Council also met in closed-door executive session to review proposals to purchase three county properties -- the former Valley Crest Nursing Home in
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