MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Board is expected to hold at least one more budget work session before adopting its financial plan for 2013.
County administrator Scott Erbisch and county finance manager Susan Vercoe recently sent a recommended budget for 2013 to the county board for consideration. The board held budget discussions last week.
"The recommended budget is balanced and is responsive to board policies and established priorities and current expenditures are funded with recurring revenues," Erbisch and Vercoe wrote in a budget summary memo. "The recommended budget maintains core services and satisfies the county's obligation to deliver services to the citizens of Marquette County."
The proposed 2013 general fund balance totals just over $23.8 million - a 3.5 percent increase over this year.
Marquette County Clerk Peter Dishnow said the board voted recently to hold one more budget session before moving the budget to the annual meeting for final approval.
The date for that budget meeting will be set after the county determines retirement and hospitalization contributions for next year, Dishnow said.
Erbisch and Vercoe said the proposed budget did not apply potential tax revenue from the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine against ongoing operating expenses. Roughly, $500,000 was expected to be generated from 2012 ad valorem property taxes to the county from the mine.
Vercoe and Erbisch recommended directing those proceeds to the county building fund, airport stabilization fund, post employment benefits and contributions to the Municipal Employees Retirement Fund, with $125,000 for each.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.