Release Monday of the county's preliminary budget for 2017 shows projected general fund spending of $11.1 million, up from $10.6 million estimated for 2016. The 2017 general fund amount includes $3.9 million from property tax receipts.
Big spending items foreseen in the general fund are the jail at $2 million, the sheriff's department at $2 million, and building and grounds at $796,312.
Elected county offices are projected to cost the following amounts: assessor $686,519; commissioners $497,042; clerk and recorder $480,383; coroner $181,090; district attorney county share $620,197; treasurer $253,784; and surveyor $5,721. County administration's budget for 2017 is $408,745.
Total expenditures in the road and bridge fund are shown at $5.6 million. According to the preliminary budget document, the county is anticipating $2.96 million in receipts from the gas (highway users) tax next year, up from $2.63 million expected this year.
Department budget request hearings are set to take place at the courthouse Oct. 25-27.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.