For the second year in a row Alpena County will need to dig deep into its general fund balance or savings account to correct over spending in a new fiscal year.
The preliminary 2021 general fund budget includes a projected deficit of approximately $1.24 million, with revenues of $9.53 million and expenses of $10.78 million.
The budget does not include any raises for department heads, elected officials, non-union employees or commissioners. It does include union contract raises.
The budget is expected to be on public display no later than Tuesday, December 1. It will be available for review in the treasurer’s, clerk’s and commissioner’s offices. The full board is expected to vote on the budget when it meets next month.
The projected shortfall in the current year was approximately $1.12 million until commissioners approved transfers from a budget stabilization fund and the base security contract fund, reducing the deficit to an estimated $715,220.
The shortage could further be reduced by approximately $500,000 if the county is reimbursed that amount from the federal government for the airport terminal project. However, it is not known when that money might come in or if it will come in.