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Budget staying on pace





Ellis County appears to be staying in line with 2012 budget projections as it works through its first year of consolidating several funds into its general fund.

"We're a little bit better off on cash when you compare the general fund this year to the general fund and all those tax levy funds last year," County Administrator Greg Sund told commissioners at their Monday meeting. "Revenues and expenditures seem to fall fairly close in line to where I would expect it would be."

After some discussion of the August monthly financial report, Sund said the county is reaching the time of year when budgets will be watched more closely. However, any significant difference evidenced this year likely will be due to consolidation of funds.

"This is the first year that we distributed all of the employee costs to all of the individual budgets, so once we finish the year, then we can have some history that we can start comparing," Sund said.

In other business, commissioners:

* Received an Ellis County Extension report from Stacy Campbell.

* Approved 3-0 an amendment to Fire District No. 1 bylaws.

* Voted 3-0 to approve a service contract with Voice Products Inc. for communications services in the public safety communications center.

* Authorized signing of an architectural contract with Spangenberg Phillips Tice for an Emergency Medical Services/rural fire building project. The project for a new two-story, 24,300-square-foot EMS/rural fire station is proposed to include garage bays for EMS and fire apparatus vehicles, day-room space for staff, sleeping quarters, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, administrative office space, storage space and support spaces.

* Adjourned to executive session for an employment evaluation of Sund.