Public gets chance to weigh in on proposed $33 million Sullivan County budget

Staff Report
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

CLAREMONT — The Sullivan County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed $33 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The budget represents a decrease in spending of nearly 5%, or about $1.67 million, from the current year.

County Commissioner Chairman Jeff Barrette said the spending decrease is mostly in the area of capital expenditures. More than $1 million in capital was spent on the design for renovations and expansion of the nursing home this year and that amount is not in the proposed budget.

Personnel costs increases include salaries, cost-of-living raises, health insurance and the county’s contribution to the employees’ retirement plan, he said.

On the revenue side, a big change is a decrease in the amount of fund balance used to offset tax increases. Barrette said they want to stop subsidizing operating and capital expenditures with the fund balance, which he projects will be about $4 million going into the new fiscal year. With less fund balance on the revenue side, there is a projected tax increase of about 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for each of the county’s 15 municipalities.

The hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the Sugar River Valley Technical Center.