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Budget Holding Up

Sonora, CA – Tuolumne County is projected to end the current fiscal year with a positive balance of $1.07 million.

County Administrator Craig Pedro and Deputy Administrator Daniel Richardson provided a yearend budget review to the Board of Supervisors today for the fiscal year that ends June 30. One of the bright spots is sales tax revenue, which is projected to bring the county $75,000 more than initially anticipated. Proposition 172 payments, derived from statewide sales tax receipts, are also expected to increase by $75,000.

Tuolumne County Fire is expected to end the fiscal year with a surplus of $204,000. The county will pay around $130,000 less than anticipated in solid waste fees, primarily because of the success of the new recycling program. The Road Construction Capital Fund will end with a $397,000 surplus, mainly because several projects have simply been delayed until next fiscal year. This includes repairs to the Draper Mine Bridge, Algerine and Wards Ferry Bridge and Buchanan Road.

On the other hand, the County Road Fund will end with a negative balance of around $62,000 because of unexpected costs to clean up storm damage. Also, the continued decline in local construction activity has led to a reduction in permit fee receipts by around $102,000.