Public hearing for county budget set for Aug. 20

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On a motion by Commissioner Janice Hoppes and a second by Sandy Broesder, the county commissioners set Aug. 20 10 a.m. for a public hearing of the county budget for FY-2013-14.

The hearing will be held in the commissioner’s office in the courthouse at 20 4th Ave. SW.

The hearing was rescheduled from Aug. 14 due to lack of time to advertise the hearing for a two-week period.

The commission approved a contact, on a 3-0 vote, with Alarm Services, Inc., for $1,725 to purchase and install 10 emergency buttons in the courthouse offices.

On a 3-0, the commissioners agreed to pay $11,342.85 in match money to the Montana Department of Transportation for the 17 passenger bus used by the Northern Transit System.

A resolution was passed, number two, regarding loans to funds having negative cash balances at the end of the Fiscal year.

Generally accepted standards for government accounting does not allow for a negative cash balance in any funds, including reimbursable grant funds at the close of the Fiscal year.

There are five county funds, Predatory Animal Control ($371.36), Homeland Security Grant ($2,162.89), Buckle-Up Montana Grant ($6,702.93, Women, Infants and Children grant ($497) and a Homeland Security-Narrowband ($705.20) that all have negative cash balances as of June 31. The county general fund and the State Allocated Federal Mineral Royalties fund and the Oil and Gas Severance Accelerated Tax Fund all have enough money to loan the funds (above) having negative cash balances in order that they will not have a deficient cash balance.

The funds will repay the loan at zero interest per year to the general fund from revenue received or anticipated to be in August 2013.

The resolution passed on a 3-0 vote.

The commissioners also passed Resolution-3 to loan to a fund for the Pondera County Regional Port Authority (PA), to be forgiven and treated as a transfer.

The county receives from the City of Conrad, for Blue Sky Villa, $14,962.50 each year.

The commissioners have entered into an agreement with the PA to loan, for FY 2010-11, 2011-12, and 201-13 payments to the PA to be used for a revolving loan funds for small businesses within the county and /or as operating funds.

The county has received the FY 2012-13 payments from the city for the $14,962.50 and the funds will be subject to repayment and/or forgiveness under the terms of the annual loan agreement.

With the passage of the resolution, the loan of $14,962.50 from the county PILT fund to the PA will be forgiven and the transaction treated as a transfer. Resolution-3 passed on a 3-0 vote.

In other business, the commissioners moved to sell off 16 surplus lots the county owns which are not necessary to conduct county business. All of the lots are in Valier.

Lots one through five and 12-16 have a fair market value of $15,500 while lots six through 11 have a fair market value of $10,650.

The county is going to sell the property “as is” by tax parcel on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. on the Pondera County Courthouse steps 20 4th Ave. SW.

The resolution passed on a 3-0 vote.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct county business. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and get swept up by the bustling civic-in-action buzz of your government at work.