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The Grady County Board of Commissioners budgeted revenues of $16,997,700 in 2020, but county finance director Holly Murkerson reported this week that the county actually collected $19,743,100 in revenue last year.
The revelation was included in Murkerson’s proposed 2020 budget amendments. The county finance director told commissioners that any revenue over the budgeted revenue total would go into the county’s fund balance.
Murkerson was able to balance the budget line items of all but four departments from within line items of the individual department budgets.
Only the budgets of Grady Emergency Medical Service, Magistrate Court, Board of Registrars and Code Enforcement required money from line items outside those offices/departments to balance budgeted expenditures for those offices/departments.
According to the county’s finance director, she was able to transfer $53,400 in unspent money from the line item for courts to balance those four line items.
Murkerson also had to make a budget amendment for General Government to reflect $45,000 in anticipated reimbursement from FEMA for COVID expenses that was not received prior to Dec. 31, 2020.
The finance director also presented the financial report for May. Her report indicated that sales tax collections continue to remain strong. She reported that collections for May of this year for Local Option Sales Tax was up $31,000 over May 2020 and the same was true for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
However, Murkerson noted that collections from the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was down slightly, $2,200, from April 2021 to May 2021.
Lastly, Murkerson reported that budget requests from the county’s constitutional officers and county department heads are due back to her this Friday, June 18, and that the county’s 2020 audit is underway. She told the board she anticipates auditor Perry Henry to present the 2020 audited financial statements to the board by the end of September.