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The Worcester County Commissioners participate in a meeting Tuesday morning at the Worcester County Government building in Snow Hill.

Solid waste, liquor control, water and wastewater get OK from commissioners

(June 7, 2019) The liquor control, solid waste and water and wastewater enterprise funds for Worcester County government’s proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 operating budget were unanimously approved during a county commissioners meeting Tuesday.

The proposed water and wastewater enterprise fund (an enterprise fund is a standalone budget for self-supporting departments) increased by about $922,000, or 8.09 percent, for fiscal year 2019-20, according to budget reports. 

There was approximately $11.4 million approved for fiscal year 2018-19, and about $12.3 million budgeted for fiscal year 2019-20.

There was a 104.51 percent increase to other charges for the proposed fund and a 36.91 percent increase for capital equipment, according to budget reports. There was also a 413.63 percent decrease for transferring to and from reserves.

Rates at service areas will increase by an average of $5.

Commissioner Jim Bunting moved to approve the water and wastewater enterprise fund for fiscal year 2019-20, which Commissioner Chip Bertino seconded.

The solid waste enterprise fund budget decreased by roughly $3.1 million, with about $2.9 budgeted for the new fiscal year as compared to the $6 million in fiscal year 2018-19.

Revenue reports show decreases for permits, interest and penalties in the solid waste enterprise fund. 

On the expenditures side, there was a 729.15 percent decrease to the interfund charges, as well as a 56.05 percent increase for the debt service, according to budget reports.

Bertino moved to approve the liquor control enterprise fund budget, which Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom seconded. 

As for the liquor control enterprise fund, there was no change from the fiscal year 2019-20 proposed budget, and the fiscal year 2018-19 at $915,000, according to budget reports. 

However, there was an 1188.46 percent increase in payout of profits (losses) for the current fund. There was $2,600 approved in the fiscal year 2018-19 enterprise fund and $33,500 budgeted in the fiscal year 2019-20 enterprise fund. 

There was also an 18.73 percent decrease in personnel services, according to budget reports. There was $201,000 approved in fiscal year 2018-19, but only about $163,000 was requested for the fiscal year 2019-20 enterprise fund.

Nordstrom moved to approve the liquor control enterprise fund budget, which Bunting seconded. 

Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan said resolutions for the enterprise budget funds and operating budget would be formally signed during the next meeting on June 18.

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