The Brown County Commission made end-of-the-year adjustments to balance its books on Wednesday, including shifting $400,000 to the highway department.
The highway department exceeded its annual budget because it was playing catch-up on routine maintenance, said Jan Weismantel, highway superintendent.
"We addressed a lot of projects that we couldn't do the last three years because of flooding," she said. "We got a lot done this year."
The money came from unobligated surplus cash within the county budget, said Maxine Fischer, Brown County auditor.
Also in the 2012 supplemental budget was a shift of $58,750 to the Brown County Fair. Revenue from the fair covered that allocation, Fischer said.
In other business:
- Robert Pray discussed a proposed drainage project northeast of 129th Street and 400th Avenue. It would involve installing larger culverts to improve drainage to the James River. Pray requested that Brown County be involved in funding part of the project.
Commissioners asked that involvement with the local township, Mud Creek Watershed District and James River Water Development District be explored before the county would commit to a financial contribution.
The commission suggested a March meeting time to reassess the funding.
- Sheila Enderson, treasurer, presented a list of those who have not paid their property taxes.
- Ted Dickey of the Northeast Council of Governments discussed an amendment to a Community Development Building Grant application for New Tec. The bids for materials and labor for expanding the welding program at New Tec came in at $17,000 under the grant amount, Dickey and Brandon Lemercq, New Tec executive director, said.
- New Tec is seeking to spend the $17,000 on other items for the program such as portable furniture and improving the New Tec website. The state would have to approve the funding changes.
Earlier this year, county commissioners applied for the grant on behalf of New Tec. No county money will be spent, and the county incurred no liability in applying for the grant.
The commission approved, claims, payroll, contingency transfers and increased spending authority and estimated revenue for the coming year.