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June 25, 2013

County officials prepare for start of new fiscal year

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County Commissioners met Monday to open several bids for materials and accept temporary appropriations prior to the close of the fiscal year.
Each year in June, elected officials and department heads submit an estimate of needs for the upcoming year.
These estimates are then approved by the county excise board and used to make the new budget.
The items are a “wish list,” according to Commissioner Kirt Thacker. The commissioners will determine how funds are to be allocated, he added.
The temporary appropriations will provide operating funds for the county until the final budget is approved.
Some county offices are funded under the appointment of the board, including emergency management, planning commission, human resources, maintenance, information technology and E911.
These departments along with elected officials, including the Rogers County Assessor, Treasurer, Clerk, Sheriff and Court Clerk, provided estimated expenses by category: salaries, mileage, travel, maintenance and operations, capital outlay and computer maintenance.
Human Resource Director Jenny Bentley is requesting an increase of approximately $53,000 in this year’s budget primarily for computer maintenance.
Emergency Management Director Scotty Stokes is increasing his budget by approximately $85,000. One of Stoke’s new expenses for 2013-14 is the county’s new early warning system that was approved by the commissioners in May.
E911 Director Janet Hamilton is requesting approximately $46,000 less than last year. 
The commissioners recently requested Hamilton review E911 Center participation to provide funding for $360,000 for employee salaries.
Commissioner Dan DeLozier is requesting approximately $200,000 less than last year for his one-cent appropriations, lowering his budget from about $2.8 million to $2.6 million.
Thacker is increasing his budget of one-cent appropriations by approximately $300,000, from about $2.5 million to $2.8 million.
Commissioner Mike Helm did not provide last year’s total on his request for appropriations, however he is requesting approximately $2.4 million for 2013-14.
Most departments accounted for an increase in personal services, the fund used to pay employee salaries.

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