Flat Revenue Generation a Concern for Kanawha County Leaders

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Budget talks for the 2014-2015 fiscal year got underway Thursday night at the Kanawha County Commission meeting.

The County budget will be approximately $53,000 which is close to the same number as last year.

The budget is balanced but commissioners are considering pulling $700,000 from the rainy day fund to help cover health care costs.

A trouble spot for the county is revenue generation.

Commissioner Dave Hardy says only $400,000 is projected in revenue next year.

"I think over all the counties finances are in good shape but it has been flat for increased revenue for three or four years in a row now," Hardy explained.

Kanawha County department heads were at the meeting to ask for budget line increases.

The assessors office asked for no budget increase.

The circuit clerk asked for $60,000

The county clerk asked for $25,000

The prosecutor asked for $8,000.

The sheriff asked for $400,000.

Its was the request of the Sheriff that stuck out. Sheriff Johnny Rutherford says the money would help in-part to make the department more competitive with other law enforcement agencies around the region and help with employee retention; among other things.

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