It is the start of the fourth quarter for Coahoma County and supervisors asked for a clear target as they took aim at finishing the year with a balanced budget.
Interim County Administrator Ann Hoskins said most departments were around the 75-percent target of expenditures for the year, revenue was steady and she expected the county to “break even.”
Coahoma County has a revenue/expense budget of $21,877,100 and has year to date revenue of $18,277,811.68 and expenses of $15,857,582.21. Counties traditionally see the third quarter or the New Year as their largest revenue quarter with property taxes being paid. Counties traditionally see the fourth quarter as when they spend up what might be left in their budget and county road crew’s swing into high gear with summer road maintenance.
Hoskins did say the road department was the main department over budget and gaming revenue from Tunica casinos was down for the year, but did not think it would affect final numbers.
“This is the start of the fourth quarter so how do we get the road department in the black?” said Board President Johnny Newson. “We are constantly asking (Road Manager Otis) Griffin to do more and he is doing more and we can’t stop working on road now.”
District 3 Supervisor Derrell Washington said materials and payroll are the two biggest expenses for the road department and a choice will have to be made.
Paul Pearson said he has been told one-third of a road department budget should be payroll, one-third materials and one third on equipment purchases and maintenance.
The road department has a road expense budget of $2,363,178 and has spent 86.1-percent of its budget. The road department also has a bridge expense fund of $767,525 and has spent 57.3 percent of those dollars.
The Sheriff’s department stood at 69.2-percent of budget, of $2,304,632 and the Jail was at 70.8 percent on a $1,265,205 budget.
The county is required by law to present a balanced budget to the public by September 2021.