State faults Wayne budget: Audit says supervisors have adopted spending plans with unrealistic estimates
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Hoffman said potential expenditures, including subsidizing the county nursing home and a $4.5 million building efficiencies project, were expected to cut into the surplus.
“Having excess money is a good thing because if we didn’t have a fund balance to pay for large projects, we would have to raise taxes or borrow,” Hoffman explained. “Therefore, this is the cheapest way to go.
“The temptation to build a surplus and spend it has consequences,” Hoffman continued. “In order to reduce the burden in the long term and mid-term, we need to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. We want to be in the best position possible.”
Paul Peters, president of the local CSEA, was infuriated by the findings in the report.
“They have more money than they know what to do with,” said Peters. “I am tired of the rhetoric about taxpayer relief and unfunded mandates when they are just mis-estimating everything.
“No one is stepping up and taking responsibility. The county stated that they didn’t want to dip into the reserves, but they have more than they had led on. I am really upset and disgusted, and I won’t believe anything the county says for a very long time.”
“Overall, I think it is a good report, but it’s all on how you look at the facts,” Hoffman said. “The 2013 budget also contains prudent use of the fund balance to minimize the tax levy.” Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:25 am
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