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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Keeping tab: Commissioners get six-month report


August 2, 2018 | View PDF

Whitman County Administrative Director Gary Petrovich presented a six-month budget report Monday to county commissioners, noting an overall positive assessment with an area of concern over the pace of grant money coming in from state agencies.

Total expenditures from January to June were $7,705,000 with total revenues at $7,868,000 for a net of $162,790.

“Which is an increase in our cash position,” said Petrovich.

Property tax is now 61 percent collected for the year. Sales tax collected is $1.5 million, or 48 percent. Petrovich pointed out that more will come in the second half of the year.

He highlighted an area of concern as intergovernmental revenue, which is 29 percent collected at the midpoint of the year, including only 12 percent collected on state grants of the $1.349 million expected and budgeted by the county for 2018.

County Commissioner Art Swannack noted the situation is something to monitor but not a particular worry at this point.

“The moral of the story is the ship is generally on course,” said Petrovich. “Everything except for state grants is going in the right direction.”

Petrovich’s next report, for the month of July, will be Sept. 4

The monthly reports, begun in February of this year, will be compiled at the end of 2018 as a reference point for the future.

“We’re building up data so next year we can compare month to month,” Petrovich said.


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