November 23, 2014


County deficit revised down by millions on increased revenue projections for 2014

ELYRIA — Lorain County officials are now forecasting a far less dire budget deficit for 2014 than they were just two weeks ago.

During a failed effort to convince voters to approve a 0.5 percent sales tax increase coupled with a reduction in property tax values, the county commissioners had projected a budget deficit of between $4 million and $6 million. Voters resoundingly rejected the measure at the polls Nov. 5.

On Tuesday as the commissioners started budget hearings for next year, the deficit projection had shrunk to $1.3 million.

Commissioner Ted Kalo said the smaller estimate came about because the Budget Commission had increased the county’s projected revenue for next year.

County Auditor Craig Snodgrass said that’s because the county is on track for a record year of sales tax income and could end the year with $17.2 million in the 0.5 percent sales tax the county collects for general fund operations. The county had estimated that a 0.5 percent sales tax rate would generate $16.5 million.

Snodgrass also said that conveyance fees for property sales are up this year. He said that the county’s cut of casino revenue will also likely be larger next year.

“Revenues are definitely stronger,” Snodgrass said.

But Snodgrass also cautioned that the county continues to suffer from reduced funding from the state and that interest income remains low.

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  • alreadyfedup1

    Aren’t you glad the tax revenue went to defeat. Amazing how the projections dropped by over 4 million when you do the right thing. Stewardship!

  • oldruss

    Not a coincidence that before the vote on the sales tax increase dire predictions were made by the Auditor and by the Commissioners, and now, “surprise, surprise,” [think: Gomer Pyle, USMC] there’s additional revenue that nobody knew about before November 5th.

    From Obama lying, “if you like your health insurance, you can keep your heath insurance,” all the way down to our local county officials lying about, or at least grossly misstating, the county’s financial picture, how can we trust any of these politicans?!

  • RealLHS

    Do these people have any idea what they are doing?

  • GreatRedeemer

    Hmmm how does that happen ?

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Woo hooo……….raises for everyone……………………..