Hang­tag sales brings in about $473K

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

Mem­bers of the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers (BOC) were ad­vised of a po­ten­tial bud­get short­fall at Tues­day’s meet­ing af­ter the sale of re­cy­cling/con­ve­nience cen­ter hang tags did not meet ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Con­ve­nience cen­ter de­cals are still sell­ing,” County Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Nicole Cross said. “We are cur­rently at 9,495 de­cals sold, which amounts to about $473,000.”

“I think it’s ex­cel­lent that we’ve col­lected $473,000 in terms of our de­cals,” Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz said. “But that line item was sup­posed to be was sup­posed to be a mil­lion, was it not?

“Do we an­tic­i­pate another $525,000 be­tween now and the end of the year? If not, what are we go­ing to do about that?”

County Man­ager Lloyd Kerr told com­mis­sion­ers that while he an­tic­i­pated sell­ing a few hun­dred more hang tags, he did not think that the county would get near the $1 mil­lion mark.

“I be­lieve that we’ve sold close to as many

as we’re go­ing to sell,” Kerr said. “We did bud­get a $1 mil­lion in an­tic­i­pa­tion of sell­ing a $1 mil­lion worth of those tags. We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing that we can right now to make up some of that (short­fall) by look­ing for al­ter­na­tive sources of rev­enue for the land­fill, par­tic­u­larly in re­cy­clables.”

“But,” Kerr said, “We will need to uti­lize any sub­sidy that we’re able to ob­tain from the gen­eral fund in or­der to make up for that dif­fer­ence.”

Kerr told the com­mis­sion­ers the re­cy­cling/con­ve­nience cen­ters had been bud­geted to close as part of the bud­get, and that the de­ci­sion in Fe­bru­ary to keep them open un­til the end of June will also have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the short­fall.

Kerr also told the com­mis­sion­ers the land­fill was see­ing an in­crease in rev­enue in terms of ton­nage and tip­ping fees from an in­crease in house­holds us­ing curb­side trash ser­vice. Kerr said as the use of curb­side ser­vice in­creases, the ton­nage com­ing out of the re­cy­cle/con­ve­nience cen­ters goes down, help­ing with the short­fall.

Cross told com­mis­sion­ers a bud­get amend­ment was be­ing worked on to deal with the short­fall. She also said that it would not be nec­es­sary to go back to the pub­lic for any ad­di­tional fund­ing.

“The ob­jec­tive would be to present a bud­get amend­ment that is bal­anced, that pro­vides how we will fund,” Cross said.

The BOC plans to take up the is­sue in March.

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