County sets budget committee schedule


A year ago, the Wright County Board of Commissioners had its first round of budget committee meetings to set the 2014 budget and levy. For four of them, as well as County Coordinator Lee Kelly, it was their first experience at overseeing such a process. A year later, they’re all preparing to do it again, but this time around, they have a lot fewer procedural questions, but more monetary questions as they try to keep the taxpayer contribution as low as possible.
“There’s still a learning curve for most us, but last year we had to have a lot of things explained to us during the process,” Commissioner Charlie Borrell said. “This year, we won’t have nearly as many of those types of questions because we now understand a lot of the line item type of questions we didn’t know last year. It should be smoother, but I wouldn’t say it will be easier.”
At the Aug. 12 meeting of the county board, the commissioners approved the budget committee schedule, locking in times in which department heads will present their budget requests to the board.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.