Alpena Co. faces another steep budget shortfall in 2023

A draft of Alpena County’s 2023 general fund budget will be available for public review no later than next Thursday, December 1.

The budget, with revenues of approximately $10.9 million and expenses of $12.4 million, includes a projected deficit in the new year of approximately $1.45 million.

The deficit was initially over $1.91 million, however commissioners trimmed a portion of the shortfall by using $300,000 from the American Rescue Plant Act (ARPA), $100,000 in marijuana tax revenue, and $60,000 from the opioid lawsuit settlement.

The expense line also increased during the budget process by nearly $186,000 after commissioners added two new positions – a third assistant prosecutor and a full-time deputy for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT).

Commissioners Tuesday, voted to put the proposed budget on public display no later than next Thursday, in the clerk’s, treasurer’s and commissioner’s offices inside the large courthouse. Commissioners are expected to adopt the new budget when they meet on Tuesday, December 20.

The county is using $800,000 in ARPA funds to help offset a projected deficit in the current budget year of $1.53 million.