County facing budget shortfall of over $500,000

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

The Gulf County School Board, the Gulf County Health Department and now the Board of County Commissioners are realizing the impacts of what Commission chair Tan Smiley characterized Tuesday as a “shortfall in dollars.”

The BOCC met for its regular bi-monthly meeting and a primary focus was a projected budget shortfall that will surely top $500,000 and could be, several commissioners noted, as much as $1 million.

“It’s going to be a tough budget year,” said Commissioner Warren Yeager. “We will be pressed to maintain services without raising taxes.

“For the past five years that I have been on the board every year we have reduced what we are spending. We have got to think outside the box.”

While several commissioners mentioned a $1 million shortfall, Commissioner Ward McDaniel, who chairs the county budget committee, said the exact number is not yet known.

The final numbers on property values – which determines the value of the mill for property taxes – will not be available until July 1, McDaniel noted.

He saw the shortfall as somewhere between $600,000 to $750,000.

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