Commissioners set sights on conservation district as area to make up $2 million revenue shortfall
Facing more than $2 million in revenue shortfall this year, the Leavenworth County Commissioners have been looking to tighten their belts before preparing the 2010 budget.
During a recent budget hearing, Susan Garrett, district manager for the Leavenworth County Conservation District, proposed a $37,000 budget for her department, but instead she was told her department could be eliminated from the budget.
She said commissioners did not want to fund the conservation district because they didn’t want to use any more money than they had to, thereby avoiding raising taxes while still increasing county employee pay by 2 percent.
“If they completely cut funding from us, we’ll get no funding from the state, which means we’ll have no money to operate,” Garrett said.
The conservation district runs with about an $80,000 annual budget that is made up of $37,000 from the county and $25,000 in matching state grants. The difference is made up from other grants.
Right now the status of the Conservation District is in limbo as the county continues preparing the 2010 budget.
Greg Foley, of the State Conservation Commission, is invited to speak to the commissioners at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to provide more information before any budgetary decisions are made.