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Putnam budget approved

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County commissioners approved the county's final 2013 fiscal year budget revision for state review during a special meeting Tuesday.

The final version of the Putnam County budget for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1, totals roughly $19.5 million. According to County Administrator Brian Donat, the most recent budget revision reflected a $535,349 increase in revenue from the last revision in November.

"The budgets always change from year to year, and within years, as well," Donat said. "Departments move money around within their budgets, and the state budget revisions actually move money around between departments. In terms of overall dollars, it usually rises because you have grant monies coming in during the year. Some revenues could be higher than you anticipated, and conversely, some expenses could be lower or higher."

The final revision is due to the state by Friday, and the County Commission held a special meeting to approve the budget out of necessity, according to Commission President Joe Haynes.

"It was too early for it to be complete for our regular meeting June 11, but it would be too late for our meeting next week," Haynes said. "It's just accounting for the money we've spent, but over the year things change and other incomes come in that weren't anticipated, as well as other outgoes."

The commission approved a $19 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year in March that will lower the county levy rate. The total projected budget is a $600,000 increase from the initial 2013 budget, and will not provide additional funding to county-funded services like the library, the health department and parks and recreation.

The commission will also review the general county fund in July to determine any excess in carryover from 2013 that will need to be factored into the 2014 budget.

The commission also approved three departmental budget revision requests for the sheriff's department to deal with overtime costs, automotive supplies and other departmental budget concerns.

The commission approved its final payment for the Valley Park tax-increment financing project. The project covered the purchase and development of 5.5 acres of farmland near Valley Park, a 70-acre recreation area on Teays Valley Road that features a wave pool, ballfields, tennis courts, walking trails, a seasonal ice skating rink and playground equipment.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park's addition will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Valley Park.

The next regular meeting of the Putnam County Commission will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. For more information on the commission, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit

Reach Lydia Nuzum at or 304-348-5100.




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