Supervisors manage budget with care
by Paisley Boston
Oct 11, 2013 | 1837 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors kicked off the fiscal year with 15 percent of the total budget left from the beginning balance of the last fiscal year.

Oct. 1 marked the beginning of a new fiscal year for the county and according to Supervisor Andrew Williams; the county only spent around 92 percent of the funds from the last fiscal year.

"We are unique in the way that we manage the county funds. We stand out alone from our sister counties that are operating under deficits.

"The board of supervisors is going into this fiscal year with the same plan to observe and manage the county funds. I think during the last fiscal year, the board did an excellent job operating and managing the resources of Bolivar County. We're going into this fiscal year with the same managing, just as we would manage our own personal funds," said Williams.

Williams said the nation is in troubling times and everyone is trying to bounce back from the recession but Bolivar County remains viable and financially stable.

According to an analysis by the Institute for Truth in Accounting, Mississippi does not have enough assets available to pay the state's bills, which means that the state is operating in the "red" or in the negative.

"Our county is in the black, which means that we are operating in a surplus. We're not operating like our surrounding counties, federal government, and our state's government," he added.

Williams said supervisors often use budgeting strategies such as seeking grants to aid in the funding of major projects.

"We are watching the budget like a hawk. We plan to continue what we are doing. If something is working, then you do not change it. The state of Mississippi has not given a raise in eight years, but we try to at least give a cost of living raise to our employees," said Williams.

Supervisors are currently planning to renovate the Cleveland Courthouse.

"Right now, we are planning to do renovations on the Cleveland Courthouse. We are applying for grant money to do that. One way that we try to remain within or below our budget is by seeking out various grants. Most of the time, the grants we apply for or receive are 75/25 or 80/20.We have also applied for several grants for the East Gate project," said Williams. "The board of supervisors will continue to manage the funds of Bolivar County wisely."