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County expects budget surplus

Most of the $2.1 million will go toward the cost of closing the Resh landfill

Most of the $2.1 million will go toward the cost of closing the Resh landfill

October 04, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County is expected to close out fiscal year 2002 with a $2.1 million surplus, most of which will go toward the costs of closing the Resh Sanitary Landfill, County Director of Budget and Finance Debra Bastian said this week.

Bastian said that the county will put a little more than $1 million toward closing the landfill to reduce the amount of borrowing for the project over the next two years. The landfill's closure will cost about $10 million, as a result of steps that must be performed to meet state and federal regulations.

She said the county has about $5 million set aside for the project and likely will have to borrow about $4 million over the next two fiscal years.

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In addition to the landfill cost, the Washington County Commissioners are putting $755,000 of the surplus toward the county's cash reserve.

The Washington County Board of Education will receive $319,000 - $110,000 to maintain a computer program, $75,000 to purchase algebra and English textbooks, $118,000 to buy two new buses, $16,000 to go toward the cost of buses purchased this year and $10,000 to make repairs needed because of vandalism at Bester Elementary School.

The items are one-time expenses, meaning the county has no obligation to fund them in the years ahead, according to state law.

Commissioner Bert Iseminger said fiscal year 2002 is the fourth year in a row in which the county finished with a surplus.

Commissioners Gregory I. Snook said he was pleased with the surplus but that the county should be cautious in how it spends it.

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