Peach County has $1.1 million to cut from its fiscal 2014 budget, but officials maintained this week taxpayers arent in for a millage rate increase.
Its not balanced yet, but were working on it, said Chairman Melvin Walker. We dont know exactly how its going to work out.
Walker said Peach County commissioners have been trimming away at the budget for the past month. Theyve managed to cut $3.4 million of expenditures, but its now down to the tougher calls, Walker and County Administrator Marcia Johnson said.
When everyone initially submits their requests, everyone acts like its Santa Claus, Johnson said. So some of (the cuts) are just easy.
The county estimates it will receive $15.3 million in revenue, but expenditures are at $16.4 million, Jones said.
The budget must be approved by Oct. 1, when the new fiscal year begins. Peach Countys later start to the fiscal year gives time for the tax digest, which tells the county how much to expect in property taxes, to be finalized.
But Michaela Jones, account manager, said this years digest didnt hold much excitement.
We had a $600,000 increase, she said. That aint gonna do a thing.
Jones said while the tax digest remained almost stagnant, the cost of living and supplies are increasing as the economy swings back to life.
Walker and Johnson said they are certain the budget can be balanced without a property tax increase. The current millage rate is 13.555.
So far, some capital items have been cut with the hope they can wait until the next special purpose local option sales tax begins in 2015. The items include heating and air in the courthouse, a radio upgrade for 911 and new vehicles for the Emergency Management Agency.