FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2023
CONTACT: Leslie Perkins, Public Information Officer
Campbell County Provisional Budget Statement
The Campbell County Commissioners have completed provisional budget review of all Campbell County Government departments and One Percent funding requests. The responsibility of fiduciary oversight and measured control of taxpayer money remains a high priority for Campbell County Government. When the initial budget message was shared to departments in January 2023, the commissioners asked all departments to recognize the employees as the most valuable asset to the county while doing their best to prioritize projects and recognize the need to maintain a budget close to the approved 2021/2022 fiscal year.
Through focused workshops and collaboration with departments to take a deep dive into budget request, needs and priorities, Campbell County Government has been able to minimally decrease the provisional budget for fiscal year 2023/2024 by approximately $900,043. The approved budget for fiscal year 2022/2023 came in at $150,859,944.96, for the fiscal year 2023/2024 the provisional numbers are calculated to be $149,929,902.08.
This commitment to keeping individual budgets close to the prior year included supporting Campbell County employees with a cost of living raise of 2%, as well as the potential for merit raise increases up to 3% with an additional 1% being retained to fund a merit raise account in the future. Other major contributing factors to the provisional budget include the continued availability of funds for approved major capital construction projects, such as the remodel of the Annex Building and the addition of a fourth Judicial District Courtroom. These two major projects allow for the appointment for a fourth Judicial District Judge once the space is complete, which will aid Campbell County in facilitating District Court cases in the Sixth Judicial District Court more rapidly. Other major projects include the relocation of two county roads which will allow local mining companies access to millions of tons of coal and extend the life of local mine sites. The partnership with local mines to relocate the Bishop Road and the T-7 Road will benefit the county in mineral revenue and sustained local employment as the mining companies continue to extract and sell Powder River Basin coal. In addition to major capital construction project funds carried over to the new fiscal year, other carried over projects include capital purchases such as fleet updates for a total carry over cost of approximately $12,885,000.00. Additionally, 2023/2024 budget also includes a substantial amount of grant funding, which must be budgeted into available money before it can be reimbursed to Campbell County. The grant funds budgeted into fiscal year 2023/2024 include the approximate amount of $29,728,903.
The Campbell County Commissioners are scheduled to meet with special districts to review proposed budgets on June 5, 2023. Following the completion of meeting with special districts, the Campbell County Clerk will publish notice in the approved newspaper of the proposed budget and a public hearing will be scheduled regarding the adoption of the 2023/2024 Campbell County Government Budget. At this time, the preliminary date for the public hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2023, at 6:00pm in the Commissioners Chambers, the official hearing date will be published with the proposed budget. The Campbell County Commissioners remain committed to fiscal responsibility and transparency of government while protecting future assets of Campbell County.
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