Budget hearings start Monday

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County > Looks to adjust to reduced revenues

By Arin McKenna

The focus of this year’s budget hearings–which begin Monday evening–will take a sharp about face from recent years. No new requests for spending are on the docket. Staff will instead present a plan for addressing a projected $8.6 million reduction in revenues to the General Fund, a decrease of 13 percent from FY2013. Most of the shortfall is due to decreased spending at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the primary source of gross receipts tax.
“That’s really been the biggest issue we’ve been struggling with, is how we address the reduction in revenues, largely initiated by federal expenditure reductions. Obviously we’re in a situation where we have to reduce our expenditures based on reductions in our revenues,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said. “And we’re also looking toward the future, and what kind of expectations we have for future revenues.”
Staff received guidance from council in January on what steps they could take to meet the shortfalls. The proposed budget is a reflection of staff’s efforts to implement that guidance and conform to the parameters council defined.
The largest expenditure is in personnel costs.

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