While trying to keep a lid on spending, the Macoupin County Board has passed a General Fund Budget that represents a decrease of $1.5% from last year and a 3.7% decrease as compared to spending ten years ago. The total spending projection is for $6.39 million. Most county officials will see their budgets remain flat with last year and see no increase.
County Board Chairman Andy Manar says on top of the rocky road the local mining industry has had to tread, the county is also unable to count on sales and income tax receipts from the state. As is the case in so many governmental bodies, Manar says at one time last year, the state was over a million dollars behind in payments.
The County's General Fund is the fund composed primarily of taxpayer-paid revenues such as property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, as well as user based fees collected by various departments in county government to provide specific services. The near overall $100,000 decrease in spending will come from a reduction to lines dedicated to the County Board and its administrative budget.