Lincoln County continues to work out its budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. According to Commissioner Jerry Harmon, at this point the county is planning for a $3 million drop in revenues. That number is based on state projections.
“We are looking at an $18.4 million budget, which is down from the $21.4 million we had last year,” he said. “So that is roughly a $3 million difference.” In addition to cutting individual county departments, the county plans to utilize $1.6 million from its reserves in the coming year, Harmon said. “We will be using $1.6 million from our reserves to build our landfill in Kemmerer,” he said. “At this point we have between $12 and $13 million in our reserves.”
According to Harmon, a significant budget cut is planning for the county’s Road and Bridge Department. “We are reducing the Road and Bridge Budget by $850,000,” he said. “What that means is that a number of projects we had planned will be put on hold. We hope to complete them in the future, but it won’t be this year.”
Road improvement projects across the county that will be cut include a number of chip seal projects as well as road rehabilitation and maintenance projects, Harmon said. “We feel that it is prudent to wait at this time on those projects,” he said. According to Harmon, the county will be finalizing and officially adopting its budget proposal over the next few weeks.