Gregg County spending plan about $800,000 smaller

Gregg County spending plan about $800,000 smaller
Longview News Journal
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:27am

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt will lay out a $47 million proposed spending plan for fiscal 2013-14 on Tuesday that’s almost $800,000 smaller than this year’s budget.

That’s largely thanks to having made capital expenditures for large projects this year. Those will require $5.6 million less local tax money than this year’s capital outlays, such as the terminal renovation at East Texas Regional Airport and the George Richey Road extension.

The budget proposal, so far, has developed during discussions between the judge, as chief administrator for the county, and department heads and fellow elected officials each charged with submitting their own spending plans.

Tuesday will be the commissioners court’s first look at the overall plan, which must win approval by the start of the fiscal year Oct. 1. The meeting is at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the Gregg County Courthouse.

The judge noted this is his 11th budget writing season since taking office in 2003.

“Everybody knows what everybody is expecting,” he said. “They know my philosophy: We’re not going to spend more than we take in. If we need to, we’ll cut expenses. If we need something, we need to see clear-cut cases of why we need to go do it.”

The county’s budget that expires in a couple of months was drawn as a $47.8 million spending plan. Stoudt’s draft proposal for next year is right at $47 million.

The judge was blessed with wiggle room this past week when the 2013 property values were certified at 2 percent higher, overall, than they were for the 2012 tax year. Preliminary values issued in May had shown a 6 percent drop. 


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